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Oct
19
Fri
Opera; Mala Vita/ L’oracolo @ O’Reilly Theatre| National Opera House
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo

 

 

 

 

Umberto Giordano (1867–1948) Franco Leoni (1864–1949)

The compact Mala vita (1892) is based on a novella about Neapolitan slum-life, telling the story of a worker who, suffering from tuberculosis, vows to reform a prostitute if he is healed through prayer. The plot proved shocking for Italian audiences of the day in spite of receiving 24 curtain calls from the audience at its 1892 premier. Franco Leoni’s, L’oracolo was premiered at Covent Garden in 1905, but fared better in America. Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown just after the Boxer Rebellion, its lurid plot centres on a sinister opium dealer Chim-Fen and includes love triangles, child abduction, and murder.

Oct
20
Sat
Recitals; Lunchtime Recitals @ St Iberius Church
Oct 20 @ 1:05 pm – 2:05 pm

lunchtime recitals

 

 

 

 

The very popular Lunchtime Recitals provide an insight into the artistic personality of some of the principal singers of the Festival and are a way to ‘meet’ them in an informal setting. In the beautiful and acoustically excellent eighteenth-century church of St Iberius in the centre of Wexford, audiences appreciate the musical versatility of solo singers who perform a wide variety of music from across the repertoire, including operatic arias, lieder, oratorio, concert and popular songs.

One of the delights of attending a Lunchtime Recital is that the programme is not advertised beforehand, so everyone shares the same degree of anticipation and expectation. Unsurprisingly, the Lunchtime Recitals sell out very quickly. The artists and their performance dates will be announced at the beginning of the Festival.

 

Shortwork; Don Pasquale @ Clayton Whites Hotel
Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Don Pasquale

 

 

 

 

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)

This speed at which Donizetti composed this opera makes it easy to forget that Don Pasquale is very much a late work, written when he had nearly 70 operas under his belt; if his prodigious work list shows his shift towards serious pieces, comedy was never far away from his mind. By neat coincidence, Don Pasquale followed exactly ten years after L’elisir d’amore, and together the two works have remained his most popular. Don Pasquale was composed for the Théâtre Italien in Paris, with its leading quartet of singers in mind — three of whom had created Bellini’s I puritani. The comedic story centres on an old bachelor, Don Pasquale, who wants to marry and have an heir in order to punish his rebellious nephew, Ernesto, and cut him off without a penny.

The Festival ShortWorks are made possible by the generous support of The Lord Magan of Castletown

Opera; Dinner At Eight @ O’Reilly Theatre| National Opera House
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

dinner at eight

 

 

 

 

William Bolcom (1938–)

Dinner at Eight is William Bolcom’s most recent opera, having received its world-premiere under David Agler’s baton, at Minnesota Opera in March 2017. As befits its setting, in Depression-era Manhattan, the music of Dinner at Eight teems with 1930s influences, especially jazz and blues. Based on the play by George S. Kaufman which ran on Broadway in 1932, it was quickly turned into a film with Jean Harlow. The composer successfully weds American musical comedy and opera to a libretto by Mark Campbell (librettist on Silent Night by Kevin Puts, Wexford Festival Opera 2014) in a plot which revolves around an ill‑fated dinner party. Dinner at Eight is laced with biting, dark elements of greed, infidelity and addiction and features a cast of characters hell-bent on fiddling while New York City burns around them.

Oct
21
Sun
Opera; II Bravo @ O’Reilly Theatre| National Opera House
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ll bravo

 

 

 

 

Saverio Mercadante (1795–1870)

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 a James Fennimore Cooper novel of the same name 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

Oct
22
Mon
Oyster Lane Theatre Group Presents Michael Collins-A Musical Drama @ Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Oyster Lane Theatre

 

 

 

 

This powerful show which tells the tale of “The Bug Fella”, Michael Collins, is set against the backdrop of the war of independence, the treaty negotiations and the ensuing civil war culminating in his untimely death at Béal na Bláth.

Tickets €12-€50 at www.oysterlane.com or on Facebook Oyster Lane Theatre Group​

Oct
23
Tue
Recitals; Lunchtime Recitals @ St Iberius Church
Oct 23 @ 1:05 pm – 2:05 pm

lunchtime recitals

 

 

 

 

The very popular Lunchtime Recitals provide an insight into the artistic personality of some of the principal singers of the Festival and are a way to ‘meet’ them in an informal setting. In the beautiful and acoustically excellent eighteenth-century church of St Iberius in the centre of Wexford, audiences appreciate the musical versatility of solo singers who perform a wide variety of music from across the repertoire, including operatic arias, lieder, oratorio, concert and popular songs.

One of the delights of attending a Lunchtime Recital is that the programme is not advertised beforehand, so everyone shares the same degree of anticipation and expectation. Unsurprisingly, the Lunchtime Recitals sell out very quickly. The artists and their performance dates will be announced at the beginning of the Festival.

 

Shortwork; La Fanciulla Del West @ Clayton Whites Hotel
Oct 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)

Wexford Festival Opera is pleased to present ‘The Girl from the West’, a condensed version of the original, sometimes thought of as a connoisseurs’ opera — and rated by the composer himself as his greatest work. Indeed, Puccini dubbed it his ‘second Bohème’. More than any of his other operas, it needs singing-actors. It premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1910. Set in America’s ‘Wild West’ at the height of the gold rush, it tells the story of Minnie, a lively, energetic girl who runs a local saloon frequented by miners and her fight to save the man she loves.

The Festival ShortWorks are made possible by the generous support of The Lord Magan of Castletown

Opera; Dinner At Eight @ O’Reilly Theatre| National Opera House
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

dinner at eight

 

 

 

 

William Bolcom (1938–)

Dinner at Eight is William Bolcom’s most recent opera, having received its world-premiere under David Agler’s baton, at Minnesota Opera in March 2017. As befits its setting, in Depression-era Manhattan, the music of Dinner at Eight teems with 1930s influences, especially jazz and blues. Based on the play by George S. Kaufman which ran on Broadway in 1932, it was quickly turned into a film with Jean Harlow. The composer successfully weds American musical comedy and opera to a libretto by Mark Campbell (librettist on Silent Night by Kevin Puts, Wexford Festival Opera 2014) in a plot which revolves around an ill‑fated dinner party. Dinner at Eight is laced with biting, dark elements of greed, infidelity and addiction and features a cast of characters hell-bent on fiddling while New York City burns around them.

Oyster Lane Theatre Group Presents Michael Collins-A Musical Drama @ Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Oyster Lane Theatre

 

 

 

 

This powerful show which tells the tale of “The Bug Fella”, Michael Collins, is set against the backdrop of the war of independence, the treaty negotiations and the ensuing civil war culminating in his untimely death at Béal na Bláth.

Tickets €12-€50 at www.oysterlane.com or on Facebook Oyster Lane Theatre Group​

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