Samuel Barber Vanessa

Wexford Festival Opera 

Nominated in the 'Best Opera' category - Irish Times Theatre Awards

WFO chorus and Carolyn Sproule as Erika
WFO chorus and Carolyn Sproule as Erika

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Claire Rutter as Vanessa, Michael Brandeburg as Anatol
Claire Rutter as Vanessa, Michael Brandeburg as Anatol

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Carolyn Sproule as Erika-
Carolyn Sproule as Erika-

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WFO chorus and Carolyn Sproule as Erika
WFO chorus and Carolyn Sproule as Erika

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***** The Telegraph 

 'one of the best-staged productions in the history of this Irish festival'

'this magnificent, soaring Vanessa deserves a wider audience'

***** The Times

' a pitch perfect production'

'Rodula Gaitanou’s staging gets under the skin of the work poignantly, also finding more warmth and wit in the piece than most can have previously suspected.

**** The Irish Times 

'impeccably naturalistic'

****The Stage

'beautifully realised production makes the best possible case for Samuel Barber’s opera'

****Backtrack

 'utterly gripping'

Set and Costume design: Cordelia Chisholm

Lighting design: Christopher Akerlind

Choreographer: Kyle Lang

Conductor: Timothy Myers

Vanessa: Claire Rutter

Erika: Carolyn Sproule

The Old Baroness: Rosalind Plowright

Anatol : Michael Brandenburg

The Old Doctor: James Westman

Nicholas: Pietro di Bianco

The Footman: Henry Grant Kerswell

Actors: Sean Banfield, Deirdre Finn, Hazel Reid, Liberty Henwick, Michael Conway

chorus of Wexford Festival Opera 

chorus Master: Erol Girdlestone

Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera

performances: 27, 30 October 2, 5 November 2016