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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 November 29th - Giasone by Francesco Cavalli

    Bernard Clarke brings us an early operatic exploration by René Jacobs in his award winning interpretation of Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone recently released on the Harmonia Mundi label.  Loosely based on the story of Jason and the golden fleece, the opera was premiered at the Teatro San Cassiano, Venice, on January 5th 1649 during carnival, and it proved the single most popular opera of the 17th century. Countertenor Michael Chance sings Giasone and René Jacobs conducts Concerto Vocale.

    Saturday December 6th - The Metropolitan Opera New York presents: Rossini’s Il Barbiere de Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

    Margaret Juntwait presents Bartlett Sher’s effervescent production of Rossini’s most popular opera The Barber of Seville. Isabel Leonard is the beautiful and feisty Rosina, who won’t be kept under lock and key. Lawrence Brownlee (Photo Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera (c) 2007) is her conspiring flame, Almaviva, and Christopher Maltman is the omnipotent barber, Figaro. Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 

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