‘Dinner At Eight’ Headlines Wexford Festival Opera 2018 Season

By David Salazar

The Wexford Festival has announced its 2018 season, which will run for a few weeks in October.

This season will feature a number of operas, both rare and well-known, that should interest all sorts of audiences.

The season kicks off on Oct. 19 with the double bill of “Mala Vita” by Giordano and “L’Oracolo” by Leoni. The work will be conducted by Francesco Cilluffo, with direction by Rodula Gaitanou.

Performances: Oct. 19- Nov. 3

Composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell’s “Dinner at Eight” follows with direction from Tomer Zvulun. Conductor David Agler leads the musical portion. This is the European premiere of the work, which first appeared at the Minnesota opera last season.

Performances: Oct. 20-Nov. 4

Mercadante’s rarely performed “Il Bravo” is the third work to appear at the festival this fall with musical direction by Jonathan Brandani and staging by Renaud Doucet.

Performances: Oct. 21-Nov. 2

Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” is presented as part of the short works in late October at the Clayton Whites Hotel.  It will get a total of five performances.

Performances: Oct. 20-Nov. 3

In celebration of the composer’s centennial, “Bernstein a la carte” is set to showcase a wide range of music from the great composer-conductor.

Performances: Oct. 21-Nov. 1

Finally, Puccini’s “La Fancilla del West” closes out the season. It will get four performances.

Performances: Oct. 23-Nov. 2

The season is also set to feature a number of recitals and lectures. Mezzo Rachel Kelly will appear at the O’Reilly Theater for such an event on Nov. 3, 2018.