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    Opera Night Saturday 2 November 2013

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    Opera Night - live from Wexford Festival 2013

    Saturday 2nd November 2013 - A double bill of Massenet live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013, Therese and La Navarraise

    The story of Thérèse concerns three people who are forced by the brutal politics of the French Revolution to confront their relationships and to make life and death choices.
    Thérèse: Nora Sourouzian
    Armand de Clerval: Philippe Do
    Morel: Damian Pass
    André Thorel: Brian Mulligan

    La Navarraise is an opera in the verismo tradition that depicted lower-class contemporary life. It is the story of Anita, a young woman from Navarre, who, like Thérèse, is caught up in historical events. Set during the civil war in Spain in 1874, Anita is fearful for the safety of the soldier she loves.
    Anita: Nora Sourouzian
    Araquil: Philippe Do
    Garrido: Brian Mulligan
    Remigio: Damian Pass

    Friday 1st November 2013 - The Florentine Straw Hat by Nino Rota live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013

    Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) by Nino Rota, described as a musical farce. Written in 1945 and sung in Italian, this opera is a witty and brilliant satire on the petty conventionalism of the French bourgeoisie. Here Rota’s musical style is akin to that of a latter-day Rossini, with elements of Puccini and Verdi. Nino Rota is perhaps best known as a film score composer, including the music for The Godfather films.

    Conductor: Sergio Alapont
    Fadinard, wealthy bridegroom: Fillipo Adami
    Nonancourt, agriculturist: Salvatore Salvaggio
    Beaupertuis: Filippo Fontana
    Elena, daughter of Nonancourt: Claudia Boyle (pictured)
    Anaide, wife of Beaupertuis: Eleanor Lyons
    La baronessa di Champigny: Asude Karayavuz
    Emilio: Owen Gilhooly

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    Saturday 20th September - Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea

    Tonight’s opera was recorded at the Palais Garnier, Paris in June 2014. Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. The opera was premiered in Venice in 1642-43, but after a 1651 revival in Naples it remained unperformed for 250 years. This production stars Gaelle Arquez, Jael Azzaretti, Amel and Brahim-Djelloul. Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano. 

    Saturday 27th September - “Faint possibility for future” 

    This week’s Opera Night begins with a short note seeking an audition for a radio new talent programme in 1935:

    “The writer is a young soprano who has studied music and singing several years. Competent judges have pronounced my voice beautiful but with all that, it is so very difficult to find an opening, an opportunity for a real test to prove exactly what I can do. Your amateur hour I hope, may answer this need. Eagerly awaiting your reply, I remain, Very sincerely, Anita Duval.”

    Anita Duval got her audition. Under the name of “Nina Foresti”, the Amateur Hour Talent programme recorded a tape of her Un bel di from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. It was graded “D” and bore the comment “Faint possibility for future.” 

    “Anita Duvall” was Maria Callas. On the occasion of the release of Warner Classics’ new 69-CD deluxe box set of pristine remasters –a set that contains all of the studio recordings that she made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969. Opera Night profiles and celebrates the “voice of the century” Maria Callas… 

    Pictured at he recording of Carmen (c) Sabine Weiss

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