Classical Notes: Shakespeare is drafted in to point the way for Wexford

The Great Bard never wrote an opera, but his plays inspired more than 200 of them – and his spirit pervades

15th March, 2020
Classical Notes: Shakespeare is drafted in to point the way for Wexford
Rosanna Cucchi: the new artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera has hit the ground running with a truly ambitious schedule that fizzes throughout with exciting names, events and innovations

Rosanna Cucchi has chosen a rather famous gentleman to lead the way for her inaugural outing as artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera next October: none other than William Shakespeare himself.

But hold on, you cry: the Bard of Avon never wrote an opera in his life. That is true, but his plays inspired more than 200 of them. About a dozen of his works contributed to monumental works of opera achievement. Here’s a short...

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