Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Wexford Festival Opera reveals 2018 programme

12:10, 5th March 2018

Wexford Festival Opera’s 2018 season includes a verismo double-bill and a European premiere.

The 17-day festival, which will run 19 October – 4 November 2018, will comprise 62 public events, including concerts, recitals, theatre, talks and three daytime ShortWorks operas.

The season will launch with a double-bill of Umberto Giordano’s Mala vita and Franco Leoni’s L’oracolo, directed by Rodula Gaitanou and designed by Cordelia Chisholm to direct and design the productions. Francesco Cilluffo returns to Wexford for the third consecutive year to conduct.

The season’s second production will be Dinner at Eight by the American composer William Bolcom. The opera is based on the 1932 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, which was later made into a film directed by George Cukor. The Festival’s artistic director, David Agler, who conducted the world premiere of the opera, will conduct the work’s European premiere. The work, a co-production with Minnesota Opera and Atlanta Opera, will be directed by Tomer Zvulun .

Il bravo will be the sixth of Saverio Mercadante’s operas to be presented at Wexford. The production will be directed and designed by the team of Renaud Doucet and André Barbe, and will feature Venezuelan baritone Gustavo Castillo and Irish soprano Jennifer Davis.

The birth centenary of Leonard Bernstein will be marked with Bernstein à la carte, an original production devised and directed by Roberto Recchia, which will feature in the ShortWorks programme.

The Festival will close with a performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Max Richter’s re-imagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.


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