Tuesday 20 February 2018

Young voices ready for famous tale

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

TWO budding opera singers will play star-crossed lovers at a special performance of a rarely staged opera.

Jack Power and Stephanie Kinsella, pictured above, who are both 13, will make their professional debut when they perform in Frederick Delius's 'A Village Romeo and Juliet' at the 61st Wexford Festival Opera which opens next week.

The opera, which is seldom performed, tells the tale of warring farmers' children- Sali and Vreli, who fall in love and grow up only to meet a tragic end.

Jack, who is from Adamstown, and Stephanie who is from Enniscorthy, both in Co Wexford, will play the lead characters in their childhood.

Wexford is the only opera company in Ireland or the UK which will be offering a full-scale production of the celebrated composer's work during 2012, the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The festival runs from October 24 to November 4 with details at www.wexfordopera.com.

Irish Independent

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