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    Opera Night Saturday 2 November 2013


    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 28th November

    Bernard Clarke brings us some more Wagner from this year’s Bayreuth Festival 2015. Tonight Bernard presents Lohengrin recorded at the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth. Kalus Florian Vogt sings Lohengrin, Wilhelm Schwinghammer is Heinrich der Vogler, Annette Dasch is Elsa of Brabant, Jukka Rasilainen is Friedrich von Telramund, Petra Lang is Ortrud and Samuel Youn is King Herald. The Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra is conducted by Alain Altinoglu.

    Saturday 5th December

    Puccini’s La Boheme direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss stars Maria Agresta, Ramón Vargas, and Bryan Hymel as the young Parisian lovers in the bohemian setting that brings the Latin Quarter to life on the stage of the Met. Paolo Carignani conduct the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.

    Saturday 12th December

    Verdi’s Rigoletto direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Željko Lucic sings the pinnacle role of the Italian baritone repertory in Michael Mayer’s electrifying production set in 1960 in a Las Vegas casino. Tenor Piotr Beczala sings the licentious Duke. Back from her triumphant Met debut in I Puritani, soprano Nadine Sierra is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter pursued by the callous Duke. Roberto Abbado conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus in Verdi’s timeless tragedy.

    Saturday 19th December

    Rossini’s La Donna del Lago direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Joyce DiDonato reprises her stunning portrayal of the “lady of the lake” in Rossini’s dazzling bel canto showcase set in the medieval Scottish highlands. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is the king who pursues her. Rossini master Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus for the operatic adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s classic.

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