22nd February 2020
Performance Ends 9:45pm
23rd February 2020
Performance Ends 9:45pm
Pre-Performance Talk: Introduction to the Opera
One hour before each performance, an informative free talk will be given to ticket holders for the performance. The talk will last 25mins approximately and will be given by our host, George Fleeton. No booking is necessary and will be held in the Carolan Suite. Admission is FREE.
Sung in German with dialogue in English
The National Concert Hall, Dublin
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LIBRETTO BY Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke after Jean Nicolas Bouilly’s French libretto Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal
Fidelio is presented by Lyric Opera, a company premiere, in association with the National Concert Hall’s Beethoven 2020 Series.
Set in Seville, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera FIDELIO tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio” (the faithful), rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Florestan, having being falsely imprisoned by the prison Governor Pizarro for two years – has been kept in solitude.
When the minister comes for a review of the prison, the governor decides that the prisoner must die quickly. Leonore has to dig her own husband’s grave. At the moment of greatest danger, a trumpet signal announces that rescue is at handThis is a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph.
With its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe and the world, such a work is redolent of the very world we live in.
Sinead Campbell Wallace
Sinead Campbell Wallace
Following a successful career as an acclaimed light-lyric soprano, Sinéad has recently made the exciting transition into fuller dramatic repertoire. Recent engagements saw her covering the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera. Sinéad is a graduate of the DIT conservatory of Music and Drama, the National Opera Studio and the Britten-Pears young artist programme.
Sinéad made a critically acclaimed debut with Opera Northern Ireland in Radamisto ‘Sinead Campbell Wallace, the evening’s most sumptuous and rounded voice’ … ‘A wonderful impassioned performance’ and Carmen with the Cork Opera House ‘ Soprano Sinéad Campbell Wallace brought a purity of voice and presentation to Micaëla’ as well as a widely praised return to Opera Theatre Company in the role of Musetta in La Bohème .
For Lyric Opera she reprised the role of Micaëla Carmen with Lyric Opera, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Mimi La Bohème and excerpts from La Forza del Destino and Otello in their Verdi Gala, and with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra she performed works by Richard Strauss and Beethoven, as well as a live radio broadcast of Puccini arias.
In concert, Sinéad has given lieder recitals at both the National Opera House and Concert Hall. She performed Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, with pianist Philip Thomas at the University Concert Hall, Limerick, and in Wexford Festival Opera’s concert series. Sinead has also appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall and many prestigious recital venues in the UK and Ireland.
Earlier in her career, Sinéad worked extensively with conductor Christian Curnyn as Oriana Amadigi, Galatea Acis and Galatea, Angelica Orlando, Drusilla Popea, Alcina, Flavio Eliogabalo, Hypsipyle Giasone. She has also collaborated with Martyn Brabbins, John Fulljames, Ian Page, Jonathan Cohen, David Fielding, Annilese Miskimmon, Olivia Fuchs, Netia Jones, Neil Bartlett, Paulo Arrivabene and David Agler among others.
She has also performed the following roles in Dublin: Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, title role Alcina, Violetta La Traviata , Mimi La Bohème and Micaela Carmen. She also sang Inez Die Drei Pintos, Monica The Medium, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Princess Transformations for Wexford Festival Opera.
Roles in the UK have included Anne Truelove The Rakes Progress (Garsington Opera and at Aldeburgh), Giulietta I Capuletti e I Montechi (Grange Park Opera/Nevill Holt Opera), Venere Ascanio in Alba (Classical Opera Company), Hypsipyle Giasone (Iford Arts) and Micaela Carmen (English Touring Opera).
Engagements in the 2018/2019 included Proms Concerts with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Isabella Una cosa rara and Miss Mary Lloyd Die Herzogin von Chicago for Regensburg Theater, Helmwige Die Walküre (Jurowski) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at Cork Opera House, title role Tosca (Regensburg Hafen) and Agathe Der Freischüz for Regensburg.
Engagements in 2019/2020 include Sylvia in a concert performance of Mascagni’s Zanetto and title role Tosca for Scottish Opera, Zelika in a concert performance of Stanford’s The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan for Wexford Festival Opera, Leonore Fidelio for Lyric Opera Ireland and 4th Maid in the new production of Elektra at the Salzburg Festival
Winner of the Wagner Society Singing Competition, Australian tenor Samuel Sakker is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the leading young dramatic tenors internationally.
Recent engagements have seen him perform Erik Der Fliegende Holländer (Opéra du Rennes & Opéra Angers/Nantes; Nederlandse Reisopera; Cape Town Opera); Laertes in the Australian premier of Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Adelaide Festival); Don Josè Carmen (Danish National Opera); Tikhon & Boris Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera); Pollione Norma (Melbourne Opera), Des Grieux Manon Lescaut (Grange Festival), Alfredo La traviata (Royal Opera House; Melbourne Opera; New Zealand Opera); Baroncelli Rienzi (Melbourne Opera).
Winner of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, his concert performances include the title role in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra & BBC Symphony Orchestra); David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (State Opera of South Australia); title role in Liszt’s Sardanapalo (Souni dal Golfo Festival, Italy); James Nolan Dr Atomic (BBC Symphony Orchestra); tenor soloist A Child of our Time (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); tenor soloist Das lied von der Erde (Royal Ballet & English National Ballet); Mozart’s Requiem (ROH Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano); Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); and as a soloist in Hyde Park for the Last Night of the BBC Proms.
Bass Mikhail Svetlov early career saw him work as a company principal at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he performed many leading roles, he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival and has since performed at leading houses throughout the world.
Previous seasons highlights include Zaccaria Nabucco (Bregenz Festspiele; Arena di Verona); Mityukha Boris Godunov, and roles in The Nose and Prince Igor (Metropolitan Opera); the title role in Verdi’s Attila, Lorenz in the U.S première of Mathis der Maler, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, Banquo Macbeth, and Commendatore Don Giovanni (New York City Opera); Mephistopheles Faust (Houston Grand Opera; Opera de Bellas Artes); Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo (Deutsche Oper Berlin; Bayerische Staasoper); Sparafucile Rigoletto (Hamburg Staatsoper; Opéra de Montréal); Ferrando Il Trovatore (Salzburg Festspiele); Police Inspector Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Royal Opera House); and lead roles at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Santa Fe Opera, Teatro Colon, Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico, Opéra de Québec, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Florida Grand Opera, and Atlanta Opera.
Winner of the 2015 Wexford Festival Opera Aria Friends Award and WFO and PwC Emerging Artist Bursary, Irish Soprano Rachel Croash is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Opera Theatre Company HUB Artist Programme.
In 2017 Rachel was a finalist in the 9th Internationale Gesangswettbewerb Festspiele Immling and was subsequently invited to sing in the Festival’s Verdi Gala as well as performing the role of Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
In 2018 Rachel performed in the premiere of Brian Irvine’s ‘Opera – It’s all about like…’ commissioned for the launch of Irish National Opera, other roles include Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor, Irish National Opera), Una (Eithne, Opera Theatre Company), Mrs.Coyle (Owen Wingrave, Opera Collective Ireland), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Lismore Opera Festival), Susanna (Susanna’s Secret, Opera Theatre Company), Serafina (Il Campanello); Reneé (Koanga); Dew Fairy (Hänsel and Gretel); Annina (La Traviata, Wexford Festival Opera), Valencienne (The Merry Widow, Lyric Opera Productions), Frasquita (Carmen, RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Cork Operatic Society), Gorm (Flatpack, Ulysses Theatre Company) and Narrator (The Oldest Woman in Limerick, Wide Open Opera).
She has recently performed Elvira in Rossini’s l’Italiana il Algeri for Blackwater Valley Opera Opera Festival.
Among her project this season and next: Mabel in Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Musetta in La Bohème and Marzelline in Fidelio at the Lyric Opera Dublin, Susanna (Nozze di Figaro) and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Cork Opera House, Clorinda in La Cenerentota, First lady (The Magic Flute), Frasquita in Carmen for Irish National Opera. In concert, Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle for Wexford Festival Opera.
She has performed in Concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Wexford Sinfonia, City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, Drogheda International Classical Music Series, Ardee Baroque Festival and in Recital for The Music in Great Irish Houses Festival, Music for Galway, Dublin Philharmonic Society, Sligo Con Brio, The Contemporary Music Centre and at The Metropolitan Club, New York.
Oratorio engagements include Händel’s Messiah with the Association of Irish Choirs, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with The Guinness Choir, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Culwick Choral Society; Maynooth University Choral Society, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes Confessore and Bach’s Cantata 41 at St.Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Mozart’s Requiem at The National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Rachel has recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, singing ‘Press Closer’ from Michael Gallen’s suite ‘Wilde Stories’ and with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Robert O’Dwyer’s ‘Eithne’.
Multiple award winning Irish tenor Patrick Hyland is a regular on the concert and operatic stage performing globally in venues such as Glyndebourne Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, BAM New York, Wexford Opera House, the National Concert Hall and many more. He has performed by invitation for the President of Ireland, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and for the Irish Presidency of the European Union. Having studied in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Dr Veronica Dunne he has received widespread critical acclaim from leading global opera magazines Opera News Magazine, Opera Today and Opera Magazine with The Irish Independent hailing his debut performance with the RTE Symphony Orchestra as “exceptional.”
As a finalist at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition 2016 he was awarded the Dermot Troy Prize for the best Irish singer. He was also a semi finalist of the Angelo Loforse Competition 2017 in Milan . He has performed two lunchtime concerts with both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall.
Operatic roles include Erik Oxenstjerna Cristina, Regina Di Svezia (Wexford Festival Opera), Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore (Wexford FestivalOpera), Tamino The Magic Flute (Wexford Festival Opera), Silvio / Pasquin Le Docteur Miracle, (Wexford Festival Opera), Rombiodal L’ile de Tulipatan (Northern Ireland Opera) El Remendado Carmen (RTE CO), Jupiter Semele (RIAM), Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (RIAM), Camille The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera & Cork Opera House) Rodolfo (Cover) La Boheme (OTC). He has been a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival Company Chorus (2012 & 2013) and toured with the company to BAM, New York in 2014 for their production of Billy Budd. Oratorio performances include The Dream Of Gerontius, The Creation, Stabat Mater and The Messiah. He is a former Opera Theatre Young Associate Artist , a co founder of Irish Opera Artists and is a board member of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.
A British baritone, Felix Kemp makes his debut with the Royal Opera, London, this season as A Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. A Britten-Pears Young Artist, he has appeared with Antonio Pappano in masterclasses as part of the European Network of Opera Academies. Selected concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiem (Israel Camerata), St Matthew Passion (Southwark Cathedral), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Cadogan Hall), Messiah (City of London Sinfonia) and Elijah (Lincoln and Arundel Cathedrals). This season, he also gives a Crush Room Recital at the Royal Opera House and appears with the London Song Festival and Oxford Lieder.
Recent opera engagements include Giove La Calisto (Longborough Festival Opera), Masetto Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera), Eugene Onegin (OperaUpClose) and Melot Tristan und Isolde (Grange Park Opera).
His recordings and broadcasts include Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galant (Retrospect Opera), Stanford’s The Travelling Companion (Somm) and In Tune (BBC Radio 3).
Appointed Musical Director of New Sussex Opera, Toby Purser conducts the recently released CD from last year’s production of Stanford’s The Travelling Companion, now available on Somm Recordings.
Founder and Principal Conductor of the ground-breaking Orion Orchestra, of which he remains Principal Guest Conductor, his unique combination of passion and intellect led to an invitation to join English National Opera for two seasons as ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow, conducting productions of The Turn of the Screw and La Traviata. He is also founding Musical Director of the Vienna Opera Festival and Academy, launched in 2019, and with which he will conduct Don Giovanni in 2020.
Other companies with which he has worked include Bampton Classical Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Grange Park Opera, Opera della Luna and Pimlico Opera. Orchestral engagements have included performances with the St Petersburg Festival Orchestra and many leading British orchestras including Sinfonia Viva, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conducted in Jesús León’s debut CD Bel Canto for Opus Arte CD.
Current highlights include conducting performances of La Belle Helène in a co-production between New Sussex Opera and Opera della Luna, Night Under the Stars: The Magic of Italian Opera with Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano at London’s Southbank Centre, the launch of his new orchestral ensemble Sinfonia 1, an orchestral residency at Aberystwyth MusicFest, and concerts with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, the London International Orchestra and for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.
As Artistic Director of the Peace and Prosperity Trust, he has been furthering cultural collaboration between the UK and the Middle East with concerts in Beirut and London, bringing together Western and Middle Eastern opera singers and taking music and musical instruments to Syrian children in the refugee camps on the Lebanese/Syrian border.
Following his debut with La bohème, Toby Purser is delighted to return to Lyric Opera Productions for Fidelio.
Vivian J. Coates
Vivian J. Coates
Returning from abroad having worked in most of the opera companies in the UK, Vivian Coates has spent much of his career in Ireland nurturing young Irish talent on stage and guiding them on their first professional rung of the ladder. He has presented countless fully staged operas in Ireland through his company Lyric Opera, and is recognised for the tireless work he has done in keeping core opera alive in this city.
He is privileged to work across opera and musical theatre, directing and designing in most of the main theatres in Ireland; The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, The Grand Opera House, Belfast, The National Opera House, Wexford and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Opera productions include Aida, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, Hansel und Gretel, I Due Foscari, La Traviata, Carmen, Nabucco, Macbeth, La Bohéme. Turandot, Suor Angelica, The Turn of the Screw, Rusalka, Cavalleria Rusticana, Madama Butterfly and Attila among others. His musical theatre credits include Annie, The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, 9 to 5, Camelot and many more.
Mr Coates has received many international accolades for his work. In 2007 he was honoured with a Knighthood and title of Cavaliere by the Italian Government for his work in presenting Italian opera in Ireland. In 2015 he designed for The Music of Northern Ireland, which received 4 EMMY’S in the 2016 roll of honour. And his recent productions with The 2018 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate UK played to extraordinary acclaim, garnering five star reviews in The Stage & The Daily Mail.
Recent productions include Sweeney Todd (The National Opera House), La Traviata, Pirates of Penzance and La Bohème (NCH) and Carmen (NCH).
Richard holds a first class honours degree in Music and French from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in performance (piano accompaniment) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was also a student on the repetiteur course and subsequently held a repetiteur fellowship.
Richard was a trainee repetiteur at English National Opera and since then he has worked with companies including Northern Ireland Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Theatre Company and Lyric Opera. Productions.
Richard has worked on include The Second Violinist (WOO), Madama Butterfly (Lyric Opera), Carmen (Lyric Opera), La Bohème (ENO and OTC and Lyric Opera, Dublin), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (ENO and Wide Open Opera), The Last Hotel (Wide Open Opera), Rigoletto (OTC), L’Elisir d’amore (NI Opera and OTC), Nixon in China (Wide Open Opera) and La Traviata (ENO). He teaches at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
Blánaid Murphy has been Director of the Palestrina Choir since 2002 and is recognised as one of Ireland’s foremost choral directors. While reading Music at Cambridge University, she was appointed Organ Scholar there and furthered her studies at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, obtaining a Masters degree.
She has vast experience as a choral director, conductor, adjudicator, consultant and educator. She has been choral director of RTÉ’s Childrens’ Choir, Cór na nÓg and at the Conservatory of Music and Drama (DIT). She is currently director of Dublin Bach Singers, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir, Carlow Choral Society, Continuum Youth Choir and the RIAM ‘Chorale.’
In addition to this, she lectures on choral conducting on both the Masters and Doctoral performance programmes at the RIAM and on the Trinity College Dublin Masters in Music education summer programme.
Her many recordings have included the record-breaking Faith of Our Fathers CD and Cór, arrangements of Irish melodies on the ARSIS label. She has released six CD with the Palestrina Choir, the latest of which Joy to the World was released last December.
As artistic director of the concert Series in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, she continues to bring many of the great choral and orchestral works to audiences. Performances have included Bach St Mathew Passion, St John Passion and the B minor Mass as well as Vivaldi Gloria.
In recent years Blánaid has travelled with award winning St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir to the Praque International Choral Festival and to the Suma Cum Lauda Festival in Vienna.
Last Spring, Blánaid travelled to Chicago in the United States with the Palestrina Choir where they took part in a number of engagements, including recitals at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, The Irish American Heritage Centre and Notre Dame University.
This year Blánaid will travel with the Palestrina Choir to Monserrat and Barcelona where they will sing in the basilica with the Escolania de Montserrat and in the iconic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.