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Performer: Wexford Festival Opera

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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. 
****1
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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).
***11
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Bloody and marvellous Wexford double bill by Leoni and Giordano

Leon Kim (Uin-Scî) and Joo Won Kang (Cim-Fen) in L'oracolo © Clive Barda
A terrifically strong cast gives a fine rendition of two lesser heard operas: Giordano's Mala vita Leoni's L'oracolo.
****1
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Rigoletto showcases great new voices at Wexford Festival Opera

Charles Rice © Athole Still
Even in a festival like Wexford’s, you cannot resist the attraction of a beloved opera that you know by heart.
****1
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Franco Alfano's Risurrezione brought to life

Niamh White and Anne-Sophie Duprels (Katyusha) © Clive Barda
Franco Alfano’s name is inextricably linked to that of Puccini, as he’s mostly remembered for completing the unfinished score of Turandot, and has overshadowed his own operas. 
****1
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