Bravo for Il Brava at awards
Wexford Festival Opera's production of Il bravo by Saverio Mercandante was named 'Best Opera Production' at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in the National Concert Hall.
It's the ninth win for the Festival in this category since the awards began in 1997. The Opera Festival has also received other awards in the past including Best Design for the opera Penelope by Faure in 2005, the Special Jury Prize for the then newly-opened National Opera House and both Best Opera Production and Audience Choice Awards in 2014 for the World War 1-based opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts, with a libretto by Mark Campbell.
Il bravo, which was directed and designed by the duo Barbe & Doucet and conducted by Jonathan Brandini, received extensive international profile last year due to its live-global broadcasts, both through a live EBU broadcast of the opera via RTÉ lyric fm, and also through the first ever live-streaming on RTÉ's digital culture platform, RTÉ Culture.
Audiences around the world will have another opportunity to view the award-winning opera from April 20, when Il bravo will be available for streaming on ARTE's digital on-demand culture channel, Arte Concert, as part of ARTE's 2019 Opera Season.