1. L'arlesiana by Franceso Cilèa - Wexford Festival Opera 2012

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    24, 27, 30 October, 2 November For booking information visit www.wexfordopera.com A behind the scenes look at the upcoming production of L'arlesiana by Franceso Cilèa at the 61st Wexford Festival Opera with behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with David Angus (Conductor), Rosetta Cucchi (Director), Dmitry Golovnin (Federico), Mariangela Sicilia (Vivetta) and Christopher Robertson (Baldassarre). Love pervades this story of a young man, Federico, and his family and friends in the countryside near Arles in the south of France. But this is no rural idyll, this is real life. The passions and emotions of Federico, his mother Rosa, Vivetta, who has always loved him, and Metifio, his rival in love, have a powerful universal resonance. Cilèa’s 1897 opera depicts the superstitions surrounding a handicapped child, Federico’s obsessive love for a mysterious woman, his jealousy of Metifio, his mother’s all-consuming love for him, and the shy Vivetta, who loves Federico and suffers agonies of misery over him. At the centre of it all is l’Arlesiana, the woman from Arles. She never appears but – unwittingly, perhaps – pulls the strings as they all dance to her tune.

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