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Wexford Festival Opera and RT join forces to bring a taste of the Magic and Music of Wexford Festival Opera to you at home

24/10/2022

The 71st Wexford Festival Opera is now well underway with audiences experiencing the magic of this internationally renowned festival in person, at the stunning National Opera House. Running until 6th November, Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi's 2022 programme is built around the theme of Magic & Music. RT lyric fm, RTE.ie/culture and WFO have joined forces to broadcast some of the productions to allow audiences to enjoy them at home, and with the support of ARTE and European Broadcasting Union, to millions around the world.

Wexford Festival Opera 2022 features three main stage operas, La Tempesta, Lalla Roukh and Armida, each of which are being performed over four nights, and a production of Cinderella written by 17-year-old composer Alma Elizabeth Deutscher; two Pocket Opera|Opera beag: The Master based on the award-winning novel by Colm T ib n and The Spectre Knight by Alfred Cellier. In addition, the programme also includes Les Selenites a newly commissioned opera by the WFO 2022 Artist-in-Residence Conor Mitchell, a Gala concert with orchestra by celebrated mezzo soprano Daniela Barcellona, a special treat with a concert featuring Barry Douglas, an exciting series of Recitals and Pop-Up Events at various locations around the town.

Audiences can experience the productions in a number of ways:

Thursday 3rd November, 8pm | La Tempesta by Fromental Hal vy

To be broadcast live RT lyric fm at 8pm and on the EBU network including Poland, Bulgaria, Sweden, Spain, The Netherland, Germany, United Kingdom and Iceland.

Live streamed on RT Culture www.rte.ie/culture and on demand on ARTE platforms from 3 December.

La Tempesta (1850), composed by Fromental Hal vy, with a libretto by Eugene Scribe after Shakespeare's The Tempest was first performed at Her Majesty's Theatre London in June 1850. The production is conducted by WFO's Principal Guest Conductor, Francesco Cilluffo and directed by Italian Roberto Catalano in his Wexford debut. Nikolay Zemlianskikh will sing Prospero in his international debut with Israeli soprano Hila Baggio singing the role of his daughter Miranda making her WFO debut. Former Wexford factory artist Jade Phoenix will sing the role of Ariele.

Sung in Italian. With the WFO Orchestra and Chorus. Production Sponsored by Elavon.

Creative Team includes Conductor Francesco Cilluffo, Director Roberto Catalano, Set Designer Emanuele Sinisi, Costume Designer Ilaria Ariemme, Lighting Designer D.M. Wood, Choreographer Luisa Baldinetti.

Cast includes Prospero Nikolay Zemlianskikh, Miranda Hila Baggio, Calibano Giorgi Manoshvili, Fernando Guilio Pelligra, Ariele Jade Phoenix, Alonso Rory Musgrave, Antonio Richard Shaffrey, Stefano Gianluca Moro, Sicorace Emma J ngling, Trinculo Dan D'Souza.

Saturday 5th November | Armida by Anton n Dvo k

To be broadcast live RT lyric fm on Opera Night with Paul Herriott 8pm

Via the EBU network the broadcast will be shared live across stations including the United Kingdom, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany SR, Poland, Germany WDR, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Sweden and The Netherlands.

Armida (1904) composed by Anton n Dvo k, with a libretto by Jaroslav Vrchlick . The piece was first performed at Prague's National Theatre on 25 March 1904. The production is conducted by Czech Norbert Baxa and directed by Austrian Hartmut Sch rghofer, both making their Wexford debuts.

After her success as Elsa in Lohengrin at ROH earlier this year, Irish soprano Jennifer Davis will make her Wexford debut in the title role. Austrian-Australian tenor Gerard Schneider will return to Wexford to sing Rinald after singing Prince Dimitri in Risurezzione (2017). Former Factory artist Rory Dunne will sing the roles of Bohumir / Muezin. Sung in Czech. With the WFO Orchestra and Chorus

A co-production with Pilsen Theatre (Czech Republic).

Production Sponsored by Energia Group

Creative Team includes Conductor Norbert Baxa, Director, Set & Costume Designer Hartmut Sch rghofer, Lighting Designer D.M. Wood.

Cast includes: King Hydraot of Damascus Jozef Benci, Armida Jennifer Davis, Ismen Stanislav Kuflyuk, Petr Jan Hnyk, Bohumir Rory Dunne, Rinald Gerard Schneider, Sven Josef Moravec, Roger Thomas Birch, Gernand Andrii Kharlamov, Siren/A nymph Libuse Santorisova, Dudo Chris Mosz, Muezin Rory Dunne, Ubald Josef Kova i .

Saturday 12th November | Lalla-Roukh by F licien David

To be broadcast on Opera Night with Paul Herriott on RT lyric fm at 7pm & streamed on RT Culture www.rte.ie/culture

Lalla-Roukh (1862) composed by F licien David, in a newly commissioned adaptation of the spoken dialogues by Timothy Knapman. The piece had its premiere at the Op ra-Comique in 1862. The production is conducted by Steven White, and Irish director Orpha Phelan directs. The title role will be sung by French soprano Gabrielle Philiponet in her Wexford debut, with former ROH Jette Parker artist Argentinian tenor Pablo Bemsch also making his Wexford debut singing Nourreddin. The role of the narrator is played by Lorcan Cranitch. Sung in French, with the WFO Orchestra and Chorus. Production Sponsored by Danone.

Creative Team includes: Conductor Steven White, Director Orpha Phelan, Set & Costume Designer Madeleine Boyd, Lighting Designer D.M. Wood, Choreographer Amy Share-Kissiov, Text Timothy Knapman.

Cast includes: Lalla-Roukh Gabrielle Philiponet, Nourreddin Pablo Bemsch, Narrator Lorcan Cranitch, Baskir Ben McAteer, Mirza Niamh O'Sullivan, Bakbara Emyr Wyn Jones, Kaboul Thomas D Hopkinson.

Saturday 19th November | Cinderella by Alma Deutscher

To be broadcast on Opera Night with Paul Herriott on RT lyric fm at 7pm

Cinderella (2015), composed by Alma Deutscher, will be performed by members of the Wexford Festival Factory in this Irish premiere. At the age of 10, Alma Deutscher began w
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