Risurrezione at Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Clive Barda

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If you take the overture and opening scene of Handel’s Radamisto as a cue for what is to come, you will figure that you are in for a good time. And, m(...)

 Ermonela Jaho: the Albanian soprano, who first appeared in Wexford in 2000, was the Readers’ Award Winner at the International Opera Awards. Photograph: Marc Ross/AFP/Getty Images

The 2016 International Opera Awards were announced in London on Sunday. Irish contenders were few in number: Wexford Festival Opera was shortlisted i(...)

Agrippina: director Oliver Mears plays it as a contemporary soap opera

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Bruno Caproni is most effective in Macbeth’s dying moments
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