F. Leoni L'oracolo
Verismo double bill - Wexford Festival Opera
"an hour of murder and mayhem"
"Rodula Gaitanou’s staging of two forgotten verismo pieces packs plenty of punch"
"We began with a frenetic Italian double bill featuring suicidal prostitutes, psychopathic opium addicts, child kidnap and a truly visceral murder that left the audience somewhere between shocked gasps and self-protective giggles."
"punchily staged by Rodula Gaitanou"
"Bloody and marvellous"
"The street scenes with the Chinese New Year parade of the dragon were fantastic, as were the chattering children and the excellent festival chorus."
Set and Costume design: Cordelia Chisholm
Lighting design: Paul Hackenmueller
Movement direction: Rebecca Meltzer
Conductor: Francesco Cilluffo
Chorus Master: Erol Girdlestone
Cim-Fen: Joo Won Kang
Uin-Sci: Leon Kim
San-Lui : Sergio Escobar
Ah-Joe: Elisabetta Farris
Hu-Tsin: Benjamin Cho
Hua-Qui: Louise Innes
Hoo- Chi: Cillian McCamley
Wexford Festival Chorus and children chorus
Wexford Festival Orchestra
performances 19,25,28,31 October and 3 November in Wexford, Ireland.
pictures: Clive Barda