Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet from Ireland

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Born in England, Frederick Delius wrote music inspired by his wide-ranging life and locales ranging from the sunshine of Florida to the fiords of Norway. In this opera, A Village Romeo and Juliet, he takes the traditional story of star-crossed lovers and transplants it to a quiet hamlet in Switzerland.

This production of A Village Romeo and Juliet comes from the Wexford Opera Festival on the southeast coast of Ireland, an event known for its exceptional productions of unusual and neglected operas. The stars are tenor John Belleford and soprano Jessica Muirhead as the lovers Sali and Vreli, with conductor Rory MacDonald.

Cast:

Conductor: Rory MacDonald

Vreli: Jessica Muirhead (soprano) 

Sali: John Bellemer (tenor) 

Marti: Andrew Greenan (baritone) 

Manz: Quentin Hayes (baritone)

The Dark Fiddler: David Stout (baritone)

Wexford Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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