Saturday 25th October - Cristina, regina di Svezia by Jacopo Foroni
Recorded live at Wexford Festival Opera 2013. This award winning production tells of the life and reign of Queen Christina of Sweden which provides the inspiration for Jacopo Foroni’s opera Cristina, regina di Svezia. Queen Christina was an intelligent and extremely well-educated monarch who played an important role in ending the Thirty Years’ War, one of the longest and most destructive wars in European history. The events leading up to Christina’s sudden abdication in 1654, including political unrest, conspiracy and her loneliness as monarch, are at the core of Foroni’s opera and are stirringly presented in dramatic orchestral music and lyrical bel canto vocal writing. Although a native of Verona, Foroni relocated to Stockholm where he spent the last 10 and most successful, years of his life, before his death from cholera at the age of 33. (David Stout and Helena Dix in Cristina regina di Svezia © Clive Barda)
Friday 31st October - Salomé by Antoine Mariotte, 8-10pm
Bernard Clarke introduces the first of two live opera broadcasts. Composed by the French sailor-turned-composer Antoine Mariotte (1875-1944), Salomé is based on Oscar Wilde's 1891 play of the same name. Mariotte followed closely Wilde's French text, portraying the emotional extremes, passions and secret terrors of Hérode.
David Angus conducts the Wexford Festival Orchestra and cast including Na'ama Goldman (Salomé), Nora Sourouzian (Hérodias) and Scott Wilde (Hérode).
(Na'ama Goldman and Nora Sourouzian in Salomé by Antoine Mariotte - Photo by Clive Barda)
Saturday November 1st - Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni
Opera Night with Bernard Clarke live from the Wexford Opera House presents Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni, 8-10pm
Bernard Clarke presents this concert live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2014.
Written in 1847 as a graduation work by Antonio Cagnoni (1828-1896), a student at the Milan Conservatory, Don Bucefalo was an immediate success. It was performed in several opera houses in Italy and abroad, winning critical and popular acclaim wherever it was staged. Sergio Alapont conducts this evening's performance starring Filippo Fontana as Don Bucefalo, Marie-Ève Munger as Rosa and Matthew Newlin as Il Conte di Belprato. Tonight's opera will be broadcast to the EBU to over five million people.
(In rehearsal of Don Bucefalo by Cagnoni - Photo by Sean O'Riordan)