Wexford Opera Festival
23 October - 3 November
IL CAPPELLO DI PAGLIA DI FIRENZE Nino Rota (1911 – 1979)
The Florentine Straw Hat is an exhilarating comedy based on the famous nineteenth century French farce which inspired Rene Clair’s classic silent film An Italian Straw Hat.
THERESE/LA NAVARRAISE (Double Bill) Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
In Therese and La Navarraise Massenet dramatically contrasts the moral values of two women caught up in male conflict. Therese is set during the French Revolution and concerns three people forced by brutal politics to make life and death choices. La Navarraise is Anita, the woman from Navare, who loves a soldier and fears for his safety. His father will not allow him to marry a poor girl, and so Anita secretly offers to kill the enemy leader for money for her dowry.
CRISTINA, REGINA DI SVEZIA Jacopo Foroni (1825 – 1858)
The opera depicts the events surrounding Christina’s sudden abdication in 1654 and her unrequited love for Gabriele (Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie) who loves Christina's cousin Maria.