10 November 2013
Sunday December 15th The Christmas Recital with Deirdre Masterson and Guests
We are delighted to welcome back renowned Wexford Mezzo Soprano Deirdre Masterson, accompanist David Wray and a host of other singers for our Christmas recital. This recital will entice you into the festive spirit and fill your heart with joy! It has become an annual event over the past five years, with Deirdre putting together a varied and captivating show with different guest performers and musicians each year. Please note this is a Lunch time and an evening event, so it is possible to book lunch followed by the recital or the evening recital followed by dinner.
Lunch will be served from 12.30 followed by the recital at 3.30pm. Tickets are €68 per person for lunch and recital. Recital only tickets are €25 including a drink on arrival.
Very special bed and breakfast rates from €70 per person are available on Sunday nights and from €80 on Saturday nights.
Performances take place in the intimacy of the Print Room, preceded by a delicious four course lunch in the conservatory dining room. Come and enjoy what has become a very popular way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Marlfield and its gardens.
Sunday November 17th Soprano Claudia Boyle
We look forward to welcoming back Claudia, who will perform at Marlfield this Winter. By this time she will have just finished performing at the Wexford Opera Festival 2013. One of Irelands rising opera stars, Claudia is a top graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and an Opera Theatre Company Young Artist. In 2010 she was a recipient of the Opera Prize at the 2010 Hertogenbosch International vocal competiton. Most recently she was awarded first prize and Critics Choice at the 2012 Concorso Maria Callas Awards in Verona. We are delighted to welcome back such a talented and charismatic performer.
For further information or to book call 053 94 21124 or contact us by email.
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14 June 2013
23rd October to 3rd November
Marlfield is delighted to be involved with the world renowned Wexford Opera Festival. As usual we have a special offer for our guest which includes everything from the moment they arrive including tickets , champagne, dinner and transport.
Guests are invited to arrive on the afternoon of their reservation and have a relaxed afternoon tea. Champagne and canapés will be served preceding an early dinner in our beautiful dining room. You will then be driven to Wexford to the door of the magnificent and world acclaimed Wexford Opera House. For parties of more than eight a champagne reception will be arranged during the interval and following the performance you will be driven back to Marlfield where our staff await your return with a feast of pudding and cheese! Following a peaceful night’s slumber in one of our luxurious country house bedrooms a delicious breakfast will be served in the diningroom overlooking our gardens and grounds. All of the above is available from €370 per person sharing, €80 single supplement.
Additional events and performances during the Wexford Opera Festival are currently being finalised and full details of the 2013 Programme will be announced later. If you wish to stay on at Marlfield for another night or two we would be delighted to offer bed and breakfast from as little as €90 per person sharing and we would arrange tickets for any other performances you may wish to attend.
To make your reservations including your tickets please call 053 9421124 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Wexford Opera Festival Programme
This is the 62nd season of the Wexford Opera Festival . The three main stage productions will be Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat); the Jules Massenet double bill of Thérése and/ La Navarraise and Cristina, regina de Svezia by Jacopo Foroni.
23, 26, 29 October, 1 November
Thérése/ La Navarraise by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
24, 27, 30 October, 2 November
Cristina, regina di Svezia by Jacopo Foroni (1825 -1858)
25, 28, 31 October, 3 November
Il cappello di paglia di Firenze is the most popular of Nino Rota’s operas is in four acts. Libretto by Nino Rota and Ernesta Rinaldi after Eugene Labiche and Marc Michel. Composed in 1955 and first performed at Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Sicily; 21 April 1955, sung in Italian.
The story is based on a famous nineteenth century French farce, Chapeau de paille d’Italie (‘The Italian Straw Hat’), and Rota decided to use this non-modernist humorous story as the basis for a work in the tradition of Italian comic opera, changing its title to ‘The Florentine Straw Hat’. A nervous young bridegroom is out riding before his wedding when his horse eats a straw hat belonging to a lady dallying with her lover. She is now compromised unless she can return home with a duplicate of the ruined hat, and so the bridegroom has to help her whilst allaying the suspicions of his own fiancée and her family, as the time of his wedding draws ever closer.
Thérése/ La Navarrasie is a double bill by Jules Massenet:
Thérèse is a melodrama in two acts. Libretto by Jules Claretie. Composed in 1905-6 and first performed at the Opéra, Monte Carlo; 7th February 1907, sung in French.
This is the story of three people caught up in the terror of the French Revolution and of how the politics of their time have a decisive effect on their lives, forcing them to confront their relationships and to make life and death choices. Thérèse and her husband André Thorel are Girondists, a political movement which campaigned for the end of the monarchy in France, but whose members were then executed as the reign of terror began. Their friend Armand de Clerval is a nobleman who loves Thérèse, and with whom Thérèse is planning to escape into exile. But her husband, whom she admires and respects, is caught up in the Revolution and Thérèse deliberately leaves her lover and goes to her death with her husband.
La Navarraise is an Épisode lyrique in two acts. Libretto by Jules Claretie and Henri Cain. Composed in 1893, first performed at Covent Garden London; 20 June 1894 and is sung in French.
This story is set in Spain in 1874 during the Carlist War, and like Thérèse, features a tragic heroine, Anita. If Thérèse’s renunciation of her lover and her choice of marital fidelity unto death on the guillotine enables her to ascend to the moral high ground, it is a different story with poor Anita, the girl from Navarre (‘la Navarraise’). Once she makes the wrong moral choice she begins an irrevocable descent into her own personal hell, and like a Thomas Hardy heroine, becomes a plaything of fate. She is a familiar figure in every age: in love, poor, prevented from marrying the man she loves through lack of money, and so lacking in moral principles that she is tempted into committing murder for money so that she can marry. The moral point is well made that nothing can go right after that, and consequently she is misunderstood and renounced by the man she loves, who accuses her of prostitution. He dies and she loses her mind and goes mad.
Cristina, regina di Svezia is an opera in five parts and three acts by Jacopo Foroni. Libretto by Giovanni Carlo Casanovo and composed in 1849. First performed at Mindre Teatern, Stockholm; 19 May 1849 and sung in Italian. This melodrama is about the events leading up to Queen Christina of Sweden and her sudden abdication in 1654. These are at the core of Foroni’s opera and are stirringly presented in the dramatic orchestral music and lyrical bel canto vocal writing. The focus of the opera is the queen’s unrequited love for her favourite, Gabriele, but she was also the target of political unrest and conspiracy. Foroni, whose familiarity with the music of Bellini, Donizetti and the young Verdi, may be heard in Cristina, died from cholera in 1858 aged thirty-three. Full details of the creative teams and cast will be announced shortly, as will the details of the daytime performances of ShortWork operas, concerts and recitals.
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