Gavin Carr Chorus Master
Gavin Carr was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge before commencing an international career as a baritone. Since 2001 he has become increasingly known as a conductor, particularly as a choral conductor. At Wexford Festival Opera in 2006 Gavin was the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Don Gregorio (Donizetti) and the Assistant Conductor for Transformations (Susa). In 2007 he made his operatic conducting début at Wexford in La tragédie de Carmen (nominated for ‘Best Opera Production’ in the Irish Times Theatre Awards). He is increasingly in demand as a chorus master: in 2011 he was invited to found the new Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera, and he is the founder-director of the critically-acclaimed Chorus Angelorum. Their highly-praised CD of Paul Carr’s Requiem for an Angel was released in 2010. In 2013 he makes his European conducting debut in Bremen and is developing his own opera festival near Bath.
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Simon Corder Lighting Designer L’Arlesiana Le Roi malgré lui A Village Romeo and Juliet
Rosetta Cucchi Director
Simon Corder left school in 1978 and joined the circus as a ring boy. He is now a lighting designer with production credits for major opera companies in the UK and Ireland, Italy, Bulgaria and South America, as well as theatre productions for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court. In 1997 he was lighting designer for Opera Theatre Company’s production of Haydn’s Life on the Moon at the
Rosetta Cucchi’s career began as a prize-winning pianist. She quickly developed a parallel career as a director and is known both as an inventive producer and as a pianist, working with singers in concerts and in opera. She has established herself as one of the most innovative Italian opera directors of her generation. In 2004 at Wexford she received acclaim for her direction of Prinzessin Brambilla (Braunfels), and again in 2008 at Wexford, where her direction of Pedrotti’s Tutti in Maschera was praised for its buoyancy and charm, and its artful staging. Her productions of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2009, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and La Favorita in 2010 in Lima, Peru and in Italy, have won great praise. Forthcoming productions include La traviata and Così fan tutte (Italy), Cavalleria rusticana (Germany) and Rigoletto (Switzerland). She is the Artistic Director of Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma.
Theatre Royal in Wexford, and is very pleased to be working in the new house in 2012. In 1995 Simon created lighting for the Night Safari attraction in Singapore (the world’s first nighttime zoo) and is currently working on projects for zoos in Amsterdam and Armenia. Simon makes his own installation and live art works, including Winter Garden (Durham 2009), Standing Still (Sherwood Forest, 2002), and Cascade (2006) at the Alnwick Garden. Future plans include L’Isola disabitata in Tasmania (2013).
Programme Book for 2012 Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford, Ireland