The curtain had just gone up on L'arlesiana, the opening production of the 61st Wexford Festival Opera, when Italian mezzo-soprano Annunziata Vestri launched into a passionate aria that grabbed the attention like a first round knock-out. Could anything in this opera, or in the entire 12-day festival itself, better this for tonal beauty? No, but there was loads of lovely stuff.
Vestri has a glorious timbre bordering on contralto and it set the tone for...
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