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Wexford Festival Opera 2020

This October, audiences across Ireland and around the world will have a chance to experience a taste of the magic of the 2020 Wexford Festival Opera at home and for free, via RTÉ Culture and RTÉ lyric fm. Visit RTÉ Culture for the latest coverage and to watch all of this year's productions. 


Wexford Festival Opera LIVE presents – Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle 

Vlad Smishkewych hands over to Paul Herriott at 8pm at the National Opera House for Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle staged as part of the Wexford Festival Opera’s reimagined 2020 festival. This work was written in 1863 to inaugurate the private chapel of the Count and Countess Pillet-Will and had its first performance on 14 March 1864. Scored for chorus, soloists, piano and harmonium, Rossini described it as the last of his 'sins of old age’. This evening’s production is sung by Claudia Boyle, Tara Erraught, Pietro Adaini and John Molloy. Kenneth Montgomery conducts Wexford Festival Opera Chorus and ensemble with Finghin Collins, Carmen Santoro on pianos and Andrew Synnott on harmonium. This performance is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. This production is also streamed on RTE Culture. 


Wexford Festival Opera LIVE – Recital by Celine Byrne 

Vlad Smishkewych hands over to Paul Herriott at 8pm for another event at Wexford Festival Opera’s reimagined 2020 festival. Listeners are in for a treat with a very special recital by Soprano Celine Byrne with Rosetta Cucchi on piano from the stage of the National Opera House. This production is also streamed on RTE Culture 


Wexford Festival Opera LIVE presents Claudia Boyle and Pietro Adaini 

Vlad Smishkewych hands over to Paul Herriott at 8pm for the closing concert of the Wexford Festival Opera’s reimagined 2020 festival. This evening we have a special concert live from the stage of the National Opera House with Irish Soprano Claudia Boyle and Sicilian tenor Pietro Adaini accompanied by the Wexford Festival Orchestra, conducted by Francesco Cilluffo. This production is also streamed on RTE Culture. 


Watch: Wexford Festival Opera presents Vivaldi’s Dorilla In Tempe 

Paul Herriott presents tonight’s opera live from the National Opera House in Wexford at the 2019 Wexford Festival Opera. This fairytale-like story takes place in the valley of Tempe in Greece. The opera tells of the obstacles to the blissful union of Dorilla (a princess) sung by Manuela Custer and Elmiro (a shepherd) sung by Josè Maria Lo Monaco, whose rival Nomio sung by Veronique Valdés turns out to be the disguised god Apollo. The Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus is conducted by Andrew Marchiol. (Manuela Custer in title role in Dorilla in Tempe by Vivaldi - Photo by Clive Barda)

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Wexford Festival Opera 2018 - Mercadante’s Il bravo (The Assassin) live from Wexford Festival Opera

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Often compared to Verdi in terms of musical style, Saverio Mercadante’s Il bravo is one of the works in which his comparison to Verdi are most evident. Despite its quintessentially Italian title, the plot is originally drawn from James Fennimore Cooper novel and thus surely qualifies as one of the first operas to have been based on American literature. It’s an old tale set in 16th-century Venice. The Bravo, a colloquial name for an assassin, is a tormented character who had long ago killed his wife in a fit of jealousy. Unjustly accused of plotting against the state, he has been forced by the Council of Ten to become their secret hired assassin. In tonight’s production which is being simulcast as part of the EBU Premium Opera Season Gustavo Castillo is Foscari, Alessandro Luciano is Pisani, Rubens Pelizzari sings the title role, Eimon Mechlinski is Luigu, Clarissa Costanzo isTeodora and Ekaterina Bakanova is Violetta. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Wexford Festival Opera is conducted by Jonathan Brandani. 

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WATCH AGAIN: Robert O'Dwyer's Eithne

Doireann Ní Bhriain introduces Robert O'Dwyer's Eithne live from the National Concert Hall, Dublin, a romantic adaptation of a mysterious ancient Irish legend, as the mortal son of Ireland's High King falls in love with the magical Eithne, daughter of the King of Tír na nÓg.

'Bhí an ceoldráma seo ligthe i ndearmad ar fad go dtí gur tháinig an scór chun cinn ag ceannt i 2002, áit ar cheannaigh Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann é,' a deir Grúpcheannasaí Gaeilge, Rónan Mac Con Iomaire. 'Is beag a cheap ag an am go gcuirfí a léithid de cheoldráma ar mhór-scála, go hiomlán trí Ghaeilge, ar stáitse arís go brách, ach tá sé iontach anois go mbeidh an deis ag an bpobal Ceolfhoireann Siansa Náisiúnta RTÉ a fheiceáil i mbun a léirithe sa bhfómhar."

Tá ceol Eithne báite i traidisiúin ceoldrámaíochta na hEorpa mar a bhí ag deireadh an naoiú céad déag, le tionchar Dvorák agus Wagner le sonrú sa gceol. Insíonn an ceoldrama scéal banphrionsa Thír na nÓg, agus a haistir ar fud na cruinne ar thóir laoch a thabharfadh ar ais chuici a máthair a bhí curtha faoi gheasa.

A rare example of an opera with the libretto in the Irish language. Eithne stars internationally acclaimed artists soprano Orla Boylan (pictured) as Eithne, baritone Gavan Ring as the High King of Ireland and tenor Robin Tritschler as Ceart, Eithne's lover. The chorus of Opera Theatre Company and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra are conducted by Fergus Sheil.

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