1. Maria by Roman Statkowski - Wexford Festival Opera 2011


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    Wexford Festival Opera, 22, 28, 31 October, 4 November. www.wexfordopera.com An old tale with contemporary relevance: a father who wants power and wealth rather than a happy marriage for his son tries to change the course of events through murder. True love that reaches beyond death and outwits evil. Roman Statkowski is regarded as one of the most important Polish composers before Szymanowski. He was a composition teacher in Warsaw when he entered a competition in 1903 to compose an opera inspired by Antoni Malczewski’s 1825 epic Romantic poem Maria (Ukrainian Tale). Statkowski wrote his own libretto as well as composing the music, and won the competition with Maria. Although it was successfully performed in Warsaw in 1906 it has been performed only a few times since then. The music is in the grand symphonic style of the 19th century Russian masters, but with an almost Wagnerian use of leitmotif that connects characters, action, emotion and memory. Statkowski studied with Rubinstein at St Petersburg and was influenced by Mussorgsky, Richard Strauss and Pfitzner. The love that Maria and her husband Waclaw share is opposed by Waclaw’s father who causes Maria to be murdered in order that Waclaw may marry a woman of much greater wealth and status. This is contrasted with the love that Maria’s father has for his child. Waclaw determines to kill his father for ordering his wife’s death, but Maria’s ghost appears, to stay his hand. Waclaw kills himself instead, and musically this enabled Statkowski to transform the gothic ‘Ukrainian Tale’ of the original poem into an operatic Liebestod, with Waclaw dying for love.

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    • How To Make A Ceadogán Rug


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      This is a snapshot of what happens in our lovely workshops by the 'Little Sea' in Wexford, Ireland. You can see more of our work at www.ceadogan.ie www.facebook.com/​ceadogan www.twitter.com/ceadogan Produced and directed by Alex Bradley and Ellen Kenny Edited by Alex Bradley Music by Psapp www.psapp.net

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      • Wexford Festival Opera - A 30 second glimpse of what happens three weeks out


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        Wexford Opera House is a busy place right now - every inch of the building is used for rehearsals, building sets, painting props, stitching costumes, singing & dancing rehearsals and much more. See a 30 second glimpse of one of our busiest periods.

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        • An Introduction to Wexford Festival Opera


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          Treasure is found in the most unlikely places…. For sixty years now many hundreds of thousands of people have made a pilgrimage to Wexford Festival Opera in search of buried operatic treasure. Wexford is a charming seaside town on Ireland’s southeast coast and since 1951 this town has hosted what has become known as one of the world’s most remarkable festivals. Wexford Festival Opera prides itself in giving new life to unjustly neglected operas, introducing artists and audiences to the forgotten masterpieces. And it does this in high quality productions which annually delight both critics and audiences alike. But far from being satisfied with presenting three productions each year, also on offer is a packed programme of morning events, lunchtime concerts, afternoon ShortWorks and recitals and late night revues. As if this wasn’t enough, a vibrant Fringe Festival offers everything from art exhibitions through to singing and swinging pubs And throughout all this, there is the remarkable camaraderie engendered by the warmth and intimacy of Wexford town itself. From the brand new Wexford Opera House seating just over 770, the 350 strong volunteer corps ready to welcome you to Wexford, to the hotels, bars and restaurants along the High, Main, and side streets of this Viking town, Wexford is a town which is truly taken over by the Festival. There’s something in the air that quickens everyone’s pulse – a common heartbeat of expansive good feeling and heightened sensibility that brings people back to Wexford again and again. The Wexford Festival Opera has been running since 1951, playing a central role in the cultural life of Ireland, in the world of Opera and Arts internationally. From small and humble beginnings it has achieved world-wide success and critical acclaim by demonstrating passion, innovation and a willingness to lead audiences and artists into neglected territories to explore the rich vein of operatic work worldwide.

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          • La Cour de Célimène by Ambroise Thomas - Wexford Festival Opera 2011


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            Wexford Festival Opera - 21, 27, 30 October, 3 November 2011. A hurt and humiliated woman takes her revenge on men, breaking their hearts while protecting her own. The only way to a happy marriage, she says, is to forego love. The hugely surprising thing about La Cour de Célimène is that it has not been performed since it was first produced at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1855. Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), who is best known for his opera Mignon (first performed in 1866 and performed at Wexford in 1986), spent several years in Rome during the 1830s where he immersed himself in the music of the leading Italian opera composers, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Their influence is evident in La Cour de Célimène, which is an opera comique, written in French and containing both spoken and sung passages. The neglect of La Cour de Célimène for nearly a century and a half is difficult to understand, for it is generously endowed in every important area: attractive music, interesting orchestration, good ensemble writing, spectacular vocal solos, drama and duels, a clever and witty plot . . . this is an opera of wide appeal, which glitters with French sophistication and elegance. The character of Célimène, the flirtatious widowed Countess, dominates the opera. She is determined to make men fall in love with her, for her late husband’s infidelities caused her such distress that she wants to take her revenge on all men. Her heartless and cynically-flirtatious goings-on with her twelve suitors and her latest toy-boy – each of whom is convinced that she loves only him – are contrasted with her disapproving sister, the Baroness. The drama increases as events take several unexpected turns. www.wexfordopera.com

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            • Mick Wallace's guide to plumbing in the event of a sudden drop in water pressure


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              One of a series of videos we shot for Independent TD Mick Wallace at a public meeting in Wexford in relation to water charges.

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              • The Legend of Loftus Hall


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                Legend of Loftus Hall

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                • Kids Playing Morriscastle Co Wexford


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                  Sisters Rita, Katelyn, (ringleader on the "motorbike") Anne, and friend Sarah spend another day in Paradise having fun playing at Lawlers Pizza Restaurant and Caravan Park Morriscastle, Ireland. Filmed in beautiful weather Easter Weekend 2011 using the Canon 5D Mark II & Canon Lenses.

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                  • 62nd Wexford Festival Opera Launch Video


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                    The 2013 Wexford Festival Opera will run for 12 days from Wednesday, 23 October until Sunday, 3 November. Full details: www.wexfordopera.com Online, telephone and in-person booking for all performances will commence at 10 am on Tuesday 7 May. To avail of priority booking for all performances and events become a Friend of Wexford Festival, guaranteeing you exclusive access to the best seats for all main opera and day-time performances. Bookings can be made online: www.wexfordopera.com, by phone +353 (0)53 912 2144, or in person at Wexford Opera House box-office.

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                    • Le Roi malgré lui by Emmanuel Chabrier - Cast & Creative Team - Wexford Festival Opera 2012


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                      Best Available Seating 25 October - Booking on www,wexfordopera.com A behind the scenes look at the upcoming production of Le Roi malgrè lui at the 61st Wexford Festival Opera; with behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with Jean-Luc Tingaud (Conductor), Thaddeus Strassberger (Director), Liam Bonner (Henri de Valois), Mercedes Arcuri (Minka), Luigi Boccia (Comte de Nangis) and Nathalie Paulin (Alexina). Being king isn’t easy but it’s even harder when you are a dissolute French aristocrat sent by your domineering mother – Queen Catherine of Medici, no less – to rule over an unwelcoming foreign populace! Feeling exiled in Poland, Henri, our reluctant king, is consumed by nostalgia for all things French. The frigid weather, the dreary fashion, the drab palace – none of it is to his liking! As he attempts not to be crowned King of Poland the production takes a rapturous ride through all things French, from Louis XVI’s glittering royal court at Versailles to the long sultry summers of St Tropez and the sophisticated nightlife of Monte Carlo in the 1960s. Written in 1884, Le Roi malgré lui (‘The King in Spite of Himself’) had an ill-starred stage history, but its lively and melodic musical score was a success from the outset and was greatly admired by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. With vocal fireworks, comedic cunning, an exuberant chorus and lively dances, all driven by a clever orchestral score, this production captures the essence of Chabrier’s satirically witty comic opera. Tickets: €25 - €130

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