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Saturday 23rd October - Wexford Festival Opera 2021 presents Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Été by Ambroise Thomas

Paul Herriott will be broadcasting live from Wexford Festival Opera at 8pm this evening with a production of Ambroise Thomas' Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Été. Surprisingly, the plot of this opera has nothing to do with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream; it is a fantasy about Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I! Guillaume Tourniaire conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus with a cast including Hasmik Torosyan, Valentina Mastrangelo, Sébastien Guèze, Tommaso Barea, Vasyl Solodkyy, Rory Dunne and Kathleen Norchi. This programme will be simulcast live across the EBU as part of the European Broadcasting Union's Euroradio Season, celebrating the best in Opera around the world. (Photo by Clive Barda)

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Saturday 30th October - Wexford Festival Opera 2021 presents Alfredo Catalani's Edmea

Edmea enjoyed some success at its premiere at La Scala in 1886. When it was repeated later the same year in a revised version in Turin, the conductor was the 20-yearold Arturo Toscanini. Although Edmea was quickly overshadowed by the popularity of La Wally, its lively dramatic style and a score full of bold and colourful numbers – Catalani’s skills as an orchestrator were considerable – make it an opera worth rediscovering. In this evening’s recorded production of this opera in three acts, Anne-Sophie Duprels sings the title role, Edmea, an orphan in love with Count Oberto sung by Luciano Ganci, whose father disapproves. Francesco Cilluffo conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (Photo by Clive Barda)

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Saturday 6th November - Wexford Festival Opera 2021 presents Karl Goldmark's Ein Wintermarchen

Premiered at the Hofoper in Vienna in 1908, Ein Wintermärchen would prove to be the last of the six operas by Goldmark, considered a great magician of orchestration. Contemporaries raved about the 'burning scarlet gleam’ and ‘sensuous iridescence’ of his music. In tonight’s recorded production from the National Opera House, the jealous King Leontes sung by Burkhard Fritz falsely accuses his wife Hermione sung by Sophie Gordeladze of infidelity with his best friend, Polixenes sung by Simon Thorpe, and she is forced to go into exile with her baby daughter but soon dies. Marcus Bosch conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and chorus in this three act opera.


Saturday 13th November - Wexford Festival Opera presents Vincenzo Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi

The tragic story of the two star crossed lovers condemned to die by the rivalry of their two families, is recreated in Bellini’s opera and gives us a plot of overwhelming topicality. Giuseppe Montesano conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Ensemble featuring the ConTempo Quartet and pianist Giulio Zappa alongside a cast of singers from the Wexford Festival Factory. (Photo by Clive Barda)

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