It has been gloomy here weatherise but in all other respects extremely sunny. Yesterday evening I saw Delius's Koanga for the first time (seeing completely new things is part of the Wexford "experience") and it was another example of Wexford providing strong advocacy for little performed works. There was an immensely intelligent, sensitive, and beautiful production from Michael Gieleta designed by James Macnamara, Seán O' Riordan, Sarah Roberts, and Ian Sommerville, variously sets, costumes, projections and lighting. All excellent and really top class work all round. Stephen Barlow conducted - his Wexford debut long overdue. Again there was the strongest conceivable advocacy from the pit. And once again, almost inevitable it now seems, the chorus were stars of the show. Otherwise there was an even balanced cast with the lovely Nozuko Teto shining as Palmyra.
Thus evening we have that famous opera by Mascagni Guglielmo Ratcliff - oddly enough I have never seen it so something new again!