A comic opera first performed in 1725 and hugely popular in its day with both story and music delightfully entertaining. Vespetta, a chambermaid, is looking for a rich husband. She decides the wealthy and gullible Pimpinone fits the bill but discovers she is not quite suited to the responsibilities that come with marriage!
with Claire Duff (1st violin), Anita Vedres (2nd violin), Marja Gaynor (viola), Aoife NicAthlaoich (cello), Sarah Halpin (double bass), Alex McCarney (theorbo).
Supported by Goethe Institut Irland.
Irish-born Peter Whelan is among the most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation, with a remarkable career as a conductor, keyboardist and solo bassoonist. He is Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas.
As conductor, Peter has a particular passion for exploring and championing neglected music from the baroque era. Recent projects funded by The Arts Council (Ireland) and Creative Scotland involved recreating and staging live performances of choral and symphonic music from eighteenth-century Dublin and Edinburgh. This led to his award-winning disc ‘Edinburgh 1742’ for Linn Records and his 2017 reconstruction of the ‘Irish State Musick’ in its original venue of Dublin Castle.
2018 sees Peter joining the Irish Baroque Orchestra as Artistic Director with an ambitious programme to champion period performance in Ireland and showcase Irish talent internationally including a tour to the US in 2019. Other recent highlights with the IBO include a production of Acis and Galatea with Opera Theatre Company in 2017.
2018 also sees Peter join Irish National Opera as artistic partner, conducting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice with the IBO during INO’s inaugural season. In Autumn 2018, Peter will make his debut with English Touring Opera.
As founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas, Whelan has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival (2017), Kilkenny Arts Festival (2017), Bath Festival (2017) and Wigmore Hall (2016). Ensemble Marsyas has an impressive and award-winning discography with its disc of Barsanti being named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine in 2017 and ‘Recording of the Year’ in MusicWeb International 2017, as well as reaching second place in the Official UK Specialist Classical Chart. Ensemble Marsyas has performed internationally under Peter’s direction including performances at the Lammermuir Festival, Göttingen Handel Festival, Tetbury Festival and at Great Music in Irish Houses.
Peter is ‘as exciting a live wire as Ireland has produced in the world of period performance’ (Irish Times). His artistic direction in live performance and the recording studio has been praised for its ‘stylish verve’ (BBC Music Magazine), its ‘exuberance and elegance’ (Irish Examiner’), and its ‘slick tempi, grit and character’ (Golden Plec).
A graduate of both the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (BMus Hons) and The Bull Alley Theatre Training Company, the bass-baritone Rory Dunne has studied as both an actor and a classical singer.
His career has led him to work with Irish National Opera, Cork Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Productions, Opera in the Open and the RTÉConcert Orchestra Chorus, performing roles in the Wexford Opera House, the National Concert Hall, the Cork Opera House, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Buxton Opera House.
He has been awarded prizes from Feis Ceoil, the Bernadette Greevy Bursary, Navan Choral Festival and the John McCormack Society, and the Northern Ireland Opera Glenarm Festival of Voice.
His roles have included Colline (La bohème),The Mikado (The Mikado), Monterone (Rigoletto), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Buck Mulligan (Eric Sweeney’s Ulysses), Dottore Grenvil (La traviata), Sciarrone (Tosca), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), David (A Hand of Bridge), Boatswain (HMS Pinafore),Talpa (Il tabarro), Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Dancaire(Carmen).×
Kelli-Ann Masterson is a soprano from County Wexford. She holds a BMusEd degree from Trinity College Dublin and MMus from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
Kelli-Ann is a member of the NI Opera Studio for 2018/2019. She has been selected as one of the 2019 ‘Rising Stars’ by University Concert Hall Limerick and is a company artist with Cork Opera House. A multi-prize winner at Feis Ceoil, this year Kelli-Ann won the Dramatic Cup and Tony Quigley Award.
Her operatic roles include Despina (Così fan tutte), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Amour (Pygmalion), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Amour (Orphée et Eurydice) and The Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel).
Engagements in 2019 include the role of Vespetta (Pimpinone) with Opera Collective Ireland at the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, Chloé (Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé) with NI Opera Studio as well as oratorio and concert performances with Our Lady’s Choral Society.×