Fromental Halévy: La TempestaWexford Festival Opera 2022

Wexford Festival Opera presents the first modern staging of French composer Fromental Halévy's adaptation of Shakespeare's late masterpiece The Tempest. Conducted by Francesco Cilluffo and directed by Roberto Catalano.

 Wexford Festival opera would like to thank the tenor Giulio Pelligra for singing the role of Fernando despite being unwell.

Vengeance is in the air! A turbulent storm - caused by the magician Prospero himself - strands Neapolitan aristocrats on an island. So begins Shakespeare's The Tempest and so begins its operatic adaptation by Fromental Halévy. Very soon, however, the opera departs from the original story to focus on the young lovers Miranda and Ferdinand, with the music transforming strife into unity.

Today, Halévy (a nineteenth-century French composer) is best known for his successful opera La Juive, although he composed some forty operas during his lifetime. La Tempesta is loosely based on one of Shakespeare's last plays, The Tempest. With music at the heart of the play, it is hardly surprising that it inspired more operas than any other Shakespearean work. Moreover, Halévy's version, premiered in London in 1850, is a truly European project: the French composer and his compatriot, the librettist Eugène Scribe, are reinterpreting a sixteenth-century English play as an Italian opera for an English audience!

Opening the 71st Wexford Festival Opera, this production is under the musical direction of Francesco Cilluffo and directed by Italian Roberto Catalano, who is making his Wexford debut. Wexford Festival Opera would like to thank the tenor Giulio Pelligra for singing the role of Fernando despite being unwell.

Opera in three acts filmed on 3 November 2022 at Wexford Festival Opera.


  • Jade Phoenix (Ariele)

  • Hila Baggio (Miranda)

  • Rory Musgrave (Alsonso)

  • Giulio Pelligra (Fernando)

  • Nikolay Zemlianskikh (Prospero)

  • Richard Shaffrey (Antonio)

  • Giorgi Manoshvili (Calibano)


Fromental Halévy


Roberto Catalano

Music director

Francesco Cilluffo


Luisa Baldinetti


Eugène Scribe


Emanuele Sinisi


Ilaria Ariemme


D.M. Wood


  • Ireland

  • France




148 min


From 14/12/2022 to 03/12/2023


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