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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Wexford Festival Opera announces 2009 Season

Wexford Festival Opera announces 2009 Festival Programme

(Wexford, Sunday November 2, 2008)
After a tremendously successful 2008 season at the new Wexford Opera House, which saw more than 29,000 tickets sold, Wexford Festival Opera Artistic Director David Agler has announced details of the 2009 Festival.

Running from October 15 until November 1, 2009 the 58th Festival will feature the following operas on stage in the John and Aileen Oĺ─˘Reilly Auditorium in Wexford Opera House:

MARIA PADILLA | Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
A melodrama in three acts to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi and Donizetti after Franł▀ois Ancelotĺ─˘s play. First performed Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 26 December 1841. Sung in Italian.

THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES | John Corigliano (b. 1938)
Grand opera buffa in two acts to a libretto by William M. Hoffman after Beaumarchaisĺ─˘s play La Mł«re coupable (1792 ). First performed New York, Metropolitan, 19 December 1991. European premiere in a newly revised version by the composer. A co-production with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Sung in English.

IL CAPPELLO DI PAGLIA DI FIRENZE (The Florentine Straw Hat) | Nino Rota (1911-1979)
Farsa musicale in four acts to a libretto by Nino and Ernesta Rota after Eugł«ne Labiche and Marc Antoine Amłędłęe Michelĺ─˘s vaudeville Un chapeau de paille dĺ─˘Italie.
First performed Palermo, Teatro Massimo, 21 April 1955. Sung in Italian.

In addition to these operas, the 2009 Festival will feature three short works, choral recitals and concerts. Friends and priority booking will open on May 5, 2009 with general ticket sales starting June 1, 2009.

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