67th Wexford Opera Festival 2018

67th Wexford Opera Festival 2018

from the 19.Oct - 04.Nov 2018

Vacancies available !
Wexford Opera

Wexford Opera

St Awaries Cottage, situated in Carne, is only 15 minutes away from the Wexford Opera House and only a few hundred meters from the famous Restaurant "The Lobster Pot".

Why not combining the best of both and stay in one of Wexfords oldest buildings.


Transport to / from Wexford Opera and the Lobster Pot can be organised on request*.


* charges aply

Programme 2018

Il bravo

Opera in Three Acts

Saverio Mercadante (1795–1870)

Libretto by Gaetano Rossi and Marco Marcello

Based on the play La Vénétienne by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois, which was in turn based on James Fennimore Cooper's novel The Bravo

First performance La Scala, Milan, 9 March 1839

One of the most significant compositions by the mature Mercadante, Il bravo, ossia La Veneziana ("The Assassin, or The Venetian Woman") is an opera in three acts by Saverio Mercadante to an Italian-language libretto by Gaetano Rossi and Marco Marcello. Their libretto was based on the play La Vénétienne by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois, which was in turn based on James Fennimore Cooper's novel The Bravo. The opera premiered on 9 March 1839 at La Scala, Milan and subsequently played throughout Italy and abroad.

Set in 16th-century Venice, the Bravo of the title is a tormented character who 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, while his father is held hostage to compel his obedience. The story also involves Pisani, a young man under sentence of banishment, in love with a girl whom he believes to be immured in Venice; Violetta, the girl in question, who has been under the protection of the Bravo since the murder of her guardian by a would-be abductor; and Teodora, a wealthy foreigner living in Venice, who turns out to be not only Violetta’s mother but also the Bravo’s wife, whom he had not killed after all. To compound these complications the Bravo, moved by Pisani’s predicament, allows him to borrow the mask and dagger of his office and impersonate the official assassin for two days. In this capacity, Teodora employs him to rescue her daughter from the stranger who has apparently abducted her (that is, the Bravo himself). At the end of Act 2 Teodora, in the middle of a brilliant ball, sets fire to her own palace; the last act is largely concerned with the revealing of identities and the unravelling of family knots and, although Violetta and Pisani escape to freedom, Teodora is convicted of arson, and her death at her own hand cheats the Bravo of his last hope of happiness.

Il bravo is one of Mercadante’s most interesting and successful operas. The musical structures show a real attempt to fuse the varied elements of early 19th-century Italian opera into a more continuous dramatic texture. It had a prodigious success at La Scala at the time when the young Verdi had just arrived in Milan, and anyone interested in Mercadante’s influence on his great successor can hardly miss the overtones of Sparafucile, and indeed Rigoletto, in the chief character.

There aren't many solo arias in this piece but plenty of duets and ensembles; in addition to the soprano duet mentioned previously there is a wonderful tenor duet in Act 1, which first exploits a cantilena melody Verdi might have been proud of and then moves into a dramatic confrontation. Mercadante was a gifted melodist and a scrupulous composer who insisted that his performers adhere closely to his score in order to ensure that the pacing and effects he had devised came off; he was a real craftsman even if he hadn't Verdi's dramatic instincts.

Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo

Mala vita

Opera in Three Acts

Umberto Giordano (1867–1948)

Libretto by Nicola Daspuro adapted from a verismo play of the same name by Salvatore di Giacomo  and Goffredo Cognetti

First performance Teatro Argentina, Rome, 21 February 1892

The opera's story revolves around a love triangle between Vito, a dyer afflicted with tuberculosis; Cristina, a prostitute whom Vito has vowed to marry in return for God curing him of his disease; and Amalia, Vito's mistress but married to Annetiello, a hard-drinking habitué of the brothel where Cristina worked. The action unfolds amidst the neighbourhood's preparations for the Piedigrotta festival.


L’oracolo

Opera in One Act

Franco Leoni (1864–1949) 

Libretto by Camillo Zanoni, based on the Cat and the Cherub by C. B. Fernald

First performance Covent Garden, London, 28 June 1905

Set in San Francisco, the opera opens upon the fifth hour of the Chinese new year's day. Chim-Fen, owner of an opium den, wants to marry Ah-Joe, the daughter of the merchant Hu-Tsin, but she only has eyes for San-Lui. During the procession of the dragon when everyone is distracted, Chim-Fen kidnaps Hu-Tsin’s son Hu-Chi, hoping that his father will offer Ah-Joe’s hand in marriage to whomever finds his boy. But San-Lui discovers the child before Chim-Fen can return him, so Chim-Fen murders the man with a hatchet. Ah-Joe is driven literally insane with grief over the death of his lover. San-Lui’s father, the distinguished doctor Win-Shee, finds the little boy and returns him to Hu-Tsin. Quietly speaking to Chim-Fen, who feigns indignation over San-Lui’s murder, as they sit on a bench, Win-Shee first stabs, then strangles, the horrible man who murdered his son. A policeman walking by thinks the two men, one of whom is dead, are engrossed in conversation. When he turns the corner, the body drops to the ground. San-Lui is dead, Ah-Joe is insane, and a good and decent man has been driven to murder.

European Premiere - Dinner at Eight

William Bolcom (1938–)

Libretto by Mark Campbell (1953–) (Silent Night, 2014)

Based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber

First performance Minnesota Opera, 11 March 2017

Set in Depression-era Manhattan, the Kaufman–Ferber play revolves around an ill-fated dinner organized by Millicent Jordan, a society hostess labelled “vapid” by the playwrights themselves. In the week preceding the party, Millicent’s husband, Oliver, is diagnosed with a fatal heart disorder and discovers that his struggling shipping line has become the object of a hostile takeover; their daughter Paula’s lover (dissipated matinée idol Larry Renault, also an invitee) stages a theatrical suicide; the guests of honor, an English lord and lady, blow off the engagement and decamp for Florida; and the cook’s pièce de résistance, a much-hyperbolized lobster in aspic, comes crashing to the kitchen floor…  In adapting the witty and biting depression-era play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Pulitzer- Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom (A view from the Bridge, A Wedding ), and renowned librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night, The Shining, Elizabeth Cree) have created a winning new work that successfully weds American musical comedy and opera.

19.-22. October 2018

3 nights

Programme:
Fri 19/10 20:00 Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo
Sat 20/10 20:00 European Premiere - Dinner at Eight
Sun 21/10 17:00 Il bravo
Book your stay:
Cottage (sleeps 5) - from €360
Studio (sleeps 2) - from €180
Entire Property (sleeps 7) - from €490

23.-26. October 2018

3 nights

Programme:
Tue 23/10 20:00 European Premiere - Dinner at Eight
Wed 24/10 20:00 Il bravo
Thu 25/10 20:00 Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo
Book your stay:
Cottage (sleeps 5) - from €320
Studio (sleeps 2) - from €160
Entire Property (sleeps 7) - from €440

26.-29. October 2018

3 nights

Programme:
Fri 26/10 20:00 European Premiere - Dinner at Eight
Sat 27/10 20:00 Il bravo
Sun 28/10 15:00 Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo
Book your stay:
Cottage (sleeps 5) - from €360

30.10. - 02. November 2018

3 nights

Programme:
Tue 30/10 20:00 Il bravo
Wed 31/10 20:00 Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo
Thu 01/11 20:00 European Premiere - Dinner at Eight
Book your stay:
Cottage (sleeps 5) - from €360
Studio (sleeps 2) - from €180
Entire Property (sleeps 7) - from €490

Check-in on Monday 29. October and get one night free!

02.-05. November 2018

3 nights

Programme:
Fri 02/11 20:00 Il bravo
Sat 03/11 20:00 Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo
Sun 04/11 20:00 European Premiere - Dinner at Eight
Book your stay:
Cottage (sleeps 5) - from €360

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