Music and magic in the air as 2022 Wexford Festival Opera program announced
Wexford Festival Opera Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi is not resting on this year’s laurels. As the 2021 international event is in full swing, it has already announced details of its 2022 program which will run for 17 days from October 21 to November 6 of next year.
Around the theme Magic & Music, the program will include three main operas – La Tempesta, Lalla Roukh and Armida – two Opera Beag including The Master from the book by Colm Toibín and Le Chevalier Specter by Alfred Cellier and a new – commissioned opera by 2022 Artist-in-Residence Conor Mitchell.
Also scheduled is the After-Hours Artists’ Cabaret, an exciting series of ephemeral events, the third edition of the Wexford Factory and a production of Cinderella written by 16-year-old composer Alma Elizabeth Deutscher.
“After a long time where we’ve been through a terrible reality, we need a touch of magic to believe it. The quote I chose for next year’s festival is Close your eyes and see, from Ulysses by James Joyce and that’s exactly what each of us should do, close our eyes and free our imaginations, ”said the artistic director
Each of the main stage operas will be performed four times. The opening production of La Tempesta is a co-production with Teatro C Coccia Novaro Italy. Sung in Italian, it was composed by Fromental Halevy to a libretto by Eugene Scribe based on Shakespeare’s Tempest and was first performed at the Her Majesty’s Theater in London in June 1850.
The production will be directed by Francesco Cilluffo and directed by Arturo Cirillo. The opening production will be LA TEMPESTA (1850), composed by Fromental Halevy, with a libretto by Eugène Scribe based on Shakespeare’s La Tempête.
Performance dates: O’Reilly Theater October 21, 24, 29 and November 3.
Lalla Roukhj was composed by Felician David on a libretto by Michael Carré and Hippolte Lucas. The first performance took place at the Opéra-Comique on May 12, 1862.
The production will be directed by David Angus and directed by Irish director Orpha Pheelan.
Performance dates: O’Reilly Theater, October 22, 25, 30 and November 4.
Armida, which was first performed at the Prague National Theater on March 25, 1904, was composed by Anton Dvorak to a libretto by Jaroslav Vrchlicky.
The co-production with the Pilsen Theater (Czech Republic) will be directed by Norbert Baxa and directed by Dmitry Bertman.
Performance dates: O’Reilly Theater, October 23, 28 and November 2, 5.
Cinderella (2015), composed of Alma Elizabeth Deutscher, will be performed by members of the Wexford Festival Ensemble. Alma Elizabeth wrote her first complete opera at the age of 10. At 12, she premiered her first piano concerto and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2019. The director will be Davide Gasparro.
Performance dates: O’Reilly Theater, October 26, 29, 31 and November 5
The Wexford Festival Opera is delighted to announce a new opera commission from 2022 artist-in-residence Conor Mitchell, with more details expected in the coming months.
Audiences can also expect some thrilling pocket operas or Opera Beag, including The Master (2016) composed by Alberto Caruso and based on the novel of the same name by the famous Enniscorthy-born writer Colm Toibín, who also wrote the booklet. It will be performed at the Jerome Hynes Theater and the director will be Sinéad O’Neill.
The Specter Knight (1878), a farce composed by Alfred Cellier, to a libretto by James Albery, was first performed at the London Opera House in February 1878.
It will be performed at the Wexford Arts Center with director Laysyan Safargulova.
A gala with orchestra will feature the famous mezzo soprano Daniela Barcellona, conducted by Alessandro Vitiello and performed by the Wexford Festival Orchestra at the O’Reilly Theater on October 27. while the very popular gala concert will take place at the O’Reilly Theater on November 1st.
Lunchtime recitals will return to their traditional home in St. Iberius Church next year. The Festival will end on a high note with a final concert on November 6, performed on the piano and conducted by the famous Barry Douglas and the Wexford Festival Orchestra.
Tom Walsh’s talk on Shakespeare’s Rough Magic will be given by Patrick Spottywoode, director of education at the Shakespeare Globe in London and former president of each of the American Shakespeare associations, at the Jerome Hynes Theater on October 27.
WFO 2022 will also feature an after-hours café-theater called Cabaret Des Artistes, while pop-up music, theater, song and dance events will be presented in non-traditional settings at various locations around the city. from Wexford.
Wexford Factory Edition 111 will see a new group of artists begin the two-year Professional Development Academy, which allows young singers to develop and learn from some of the world’s top artists and coaches.
The Festival has a long history of being a springboard for young singers at the start of their careers, helping them access the international scene. The Wexford Factory, open to young Irish singers or based in Ireland, builds on this tradition by mentoring young singers through master classes led by internationally renowned artists and professionals.
Wexford Festival Opera would like to thank The Arts Council, County Wexford
Council, Fáilte Ireland / Ireland’s Ancient East and Friends, Sponsors and Donors of the Festival for their continued support.