When Wexford Festival Opera realised that the pandemic meant that they
would be re-imagining this year’s Festival, Artistic Director Rosetta
Cucchi reached out to Andrew. She asked him if he would create a new opera
to premiere as part of Waiting for Shakespeare …The Festival in the air,
which audiences could enjoy online this October.
Written intensely over three months, What Happened to Lucrece was
created with an online audience in mind and has three different endings.
This new opera by composer and artist-in-residence at Wexford Festival
Opera, Andrew Synnott, is based on Shakespeare’s narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, about the legendary Roman noblewoman
What Happened to Lucrece
will be sung in English by four singers and piano, and will be performed on
three separate evenings. Each performance will have a different ending; one
tragic, one farcical and one romantic. Viewers are invited to vote on their
The creative credits include: Libretto by: Alessandra Binucci and Rosetta Cucchi.
Conductor: Andrew Synnott, Pianist Giorgio D’Alonzo, Director/Designer: Rosetta Cucchi, Lighting Designer: Eoin McNinch.
The opera will be performed by four members of the Wexford Factory, a
professional development academy for young Irish/Irish-based singers where
participants are being tutored by some of the most celebrated professionals
in opera today. The four singers in the cast will be Sarah Richmond (playing Lucrece), Rory Musgrave (in the role of Sextus), Sarah Shine (playing Fran) , Kathleen Norchi (as Collatline).
Thanks to a partnership with RT… audiences can experience all three endings
of What Happened to Lucrece from 13th – 15th
Oct, streamed at 8pm daily on RTE.ie/Culture. Miss an episode? Catch up on
RTE Player and on RT… Player’s exclusive Wexford Festival Opera pop-up
This October audiences across Ireland and around the world will have a
chance to experience a taste of the magic of Wexford Festival Opera at
home. Wexford Festival Opera, RT… and ARTE have joined forces once again to
ensure that every magical moment will be available for audiences to enjoy
for free from the comfort and safety of their own home. To see the full
programme and how you can experience it at home go to wexfordopera.com.
Wexford Festival Opera would also like to thank the Arts Council, Wexford
County Council, F·ilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East and the Festival’s
Friends, sponsors and donors.
It is only through their invaluable support that Wexford Festival Opera
can, in turn continue to reach out on a global scale to enrich, entertain
and enlighten audiences during these uncertain times.