Small picture of Donizetti

 

 

Mercadante's Virginia

Opera House, Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland,  October 16 - 28, 2010.

Photographs by Clive Barda, courtesy of Wexford Opera Festival

 

Photographs from the 2010 Wexford Opera Festival's production of Mercadante's Virginia.  Michael Dervan in the Irish Times found that the setting with its mixing of ancient Rome with 21st century "mafiosi"  might sound far-fetched, but "actually worked quite smoothly. That it did was due in no small part to the fabulous emotional projection of US soprano Angela Meade’s vocally athletic Virginia".  Andrew Clark in the Financial Times  was also highly appreciative of Meade, although found the opera as a whole "a worthy, if unexceptional, evening’s entertainment". Dick O'Riordan in The Sunday Business Post Online was a bit more positive, writing that it was "a potentially great work, once you don’t expect it to be Verdi. It is lacking in nuance and subtlety, and though full of big booming arias and massive choral engagement, it never produces the killer aria that might have won it a respectable place in popular repertoire".

 

The Team

 

Virginia - Angela Meade

Icilio  - Bruno Ribiero

Appio Claudio - Ivan Magri

Marco - Gianluca Buratto

Virginio - Hugh Russell

 

Conductor - Carlos Izcaray

Director - Kevin Newbury

Designer - Allen Moyer

Lighting Designer - Christopher Akerlind

Choreographer - Sean Curran

 

 

The "Roman" opening

 

Appio

 

Virginia and Icilio

 

Virginia and Virginio

 

Appio and Virginia

 

 

 

Page initially published in 2010