Opera Night Saturday 22 June 2013
Saturday June 25th - Rossini's The Barber of Seville
Tonight we present the critically-acclaimed Wide Open Opera production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, recorded by RTÉ lyric fm in April. Tara Erraught (see picture below) sings the role of the beautiful Rosina, rising US tenor Tyler Nelson makes his Irish debut as the romantic Count Almaviva, while star Irish baritone Gavan Ring sings the titular Figaro the barber. Also starring Irish tenor John Molloy as Basilio and Mary O'Sullivan as Berta, the Chorus of Wide Open Opera and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera are conducted by Fergus Sheil, in a production the Irish Times called ‘A night to remember.’
Saturday July 2nd - Puccini's Tosca
Jesus Lopez Cobos conducts the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a production of Puccini’s Tosca from the Vienna State Opera. Bernard Clarke presents a star studded cast including Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.
(Wide Open Opera's The Barber of Seville - Photo by Pat Redmond)
Opera Night - Verdi's Macbeth
It is not the last word in sophistication, it sometimes lurches back and forth between breathless, barrel-thumping choruses and highly nuanced and thoughtful character studies, but Macbeth is extraordinarily exciting and testament to the young Verdi's desire to really trying something new. This week's Opera Night has a performance from the Lyon Opera House from winter of last year and features the Lyon Opera Chorus & Orchestra under conductor Kazushi Ono. The soloists include Evez Abdulla, baritone, as Macbeth; Riccardo Zanellato, bass, as Banco (Banquo); and Dmytro Popov, tenor, as Macduff...
Verdi famously maintained he wanted a "she devil" in the role of Lady Macbeth-find out how rising Russian soprano Iano Tamar copes with this lady of pure evil.