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Performer: Wexford Festival Opera

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Rossinian Bake-Off: a delicious double bill at Wexford

Adina © Clive Barda
Rosetta Cucchi, who takes over as Artistic Director at Wexford Festival Opera next season, directs a Rossinian rarity and its newly commissioned "prequel". 
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Florid campery in Vivaldi’s Dorilla in Tempe

Manuela Custer (Dorilla) and José Maria Lo Monaco (Elmiro) © Clive Barda
Fabio Ceresa returns to Wexford Festival Opera in flamboyant style with a production of Vivaldi's pasticcio
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Man of La Mancha fiesta: Don Quichotte at Wexford

Goderdzi Janelidze (Don Quichotte) and Ólafur Sigurdarson (Sancho Panza) © Clive Barda
A terrific opening to the 68th festival with Aigul Akhmetshina's sultry Dulcinée the standout in a great cast. 
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Wexford revives Mercadante's Il bravo

Alessandro Luciano (Pisani) and Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © Clive Barda
Mercadante's score proves to be something of a missing link between bel canto and early Verdi. 
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Bolcom's Dinner at Eight served up at Wexford

Craig Irvin (Dan Packard) and Susannah Billar (Kitty Packard) © Clive Barda
Dinner at Eight, William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell's 2017 opera, had its European première at Wexford Festival Opera on Saturday under conductor David Agler. The opera is based on the 1932 play by George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber, in turn adapted into a movie by George Cukor (1933).
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