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Thursday November 3rd - RTE lyric Live: Wexford Festival Opera La Tempesta by Halvey

Paul Herriott brings us the story of the survivors of a shipwreck. The King of Naples and Prospero's treacherous brother Antonio are tormented by a storm conjured up by the magician Prospero himself with help from his spirit-servant Ariel. But his resentful slave Caliban plots against him. Ariel is summoned to protect the young lovers Miranda (Prospero's daughter) and Ferdinand (the king’s son), but Caliban succeeds in abducting Miranda. Drinking with shipwrecked sailors, Caliban enlists their help but is thwarted when they find Ferdinand and recognise him as their prince. With the wave of his wand, Ariel transforms the scene into a palace hall where Miranda and Ferdinand celebrate their wedding. In a happy ending, all except Caliban prepare to sail back to Naples. Francesco Cilluffo conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this broadcast premiere production starring Nikolay Zemlianskikh, Hila Baggio, Giorgi Manoshvili and Rory Musgrave.

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Saturday November 5th - Opera Night: Wexford Festival Opera presents Armida by Dvorak

Dvořák's last opera has been neglected for reasons that are at once hard to fathom and easily understandable. An ideal 'Wexford work', then, it ties together many strands from across operatic history. Based on Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, a largely mythified account of the Crusades, tells the story of the love of the Saracen sorceress Armida, sung by Jennifer Davis, for the Christian warrior Rinaldo performed by Gerard Schneider. Norbert Baxa conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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Saturday November 12th - Opera Night: Wexford Festival Opera presents Lalla-Roukh by Félicien David

Join Paul Herriott for this comic opera in two acts. French composer Félicien David's opera is based on one of the most famous works of Thomas Moore, the celebrated Irish poet (and musician) who died 170 years ago this year. The beautiful young princess, Lalla-Roukh sung by Gabrielle Philiponet, is promised in marriage to the king of a far-off land, whom she has never met. She sets out with her guards and confidants to meet and marry the king at his summer palace, but Lalla-Roukh has a secret. She has already been serenaded by a mysterious young singer, Noureddin sung by Pablo Bemsch, and has fallen in love with him and the story unfolds. Steven White conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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Saturday November 19th - Opera Night: Wexford Festival Opera presents Cinderella by Alma Deutscher

Paul Herriott brings us the romantic tale of Cinderella by Alma Deutscher. This version of the famous fairy tale involves modifications of the plot, now revolving around music. But equally, her treatment of music has something of an enchanting child's play about it. She sets it in an opera house inhabited by a crowd of creative people - Megan O'Neill sings Cinderella, herself being a talented composer consigned to the drudgery of being a copyist. The Ugly Sisters - less talented, of course - are a couple of would-be divas. The Prince is a poet who is mocked at court for his artistic leanings, and after her midnight flight from the palace he seeks her out using not a slipper but one of her melodies as the identifying proof. They find each other 'like lyrics find melody'. Andrew Synnott conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus.