Choose your seat and buy a ticket to attend the lecture on John Florio at Wexford Festival Opera on Friday 30 October 2020.
Wexford Festival Opera is an opera festival that takes place in the town of Wexford in south-eastern Ireland during the months of October and November.
This year the festival will run from Tuesday, 20 October to Sunday, 1 November, 2020: 70 events over 13 consecutive days inspired by William Shakespeare.
The Dr. Tom Walsh Lecture will be presented by Luigi Ferrari, who served as artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera from 1995-2004, and will focus on John Florio and the vexed question of his relationship with Shakespeare.
Online booking for this event are now open. You can buy your ticket here.
Read full details about John Florio’s lecture below and the Wexford Opera Festival programme here.
DR TOM WALSH LECTURE
Who informed Shakespeare about Italy?
The 2020 Lecture will be presented by one of Wexford Festival Opera’s previous artist directors, Luigi Ferrari (1995–2004). When he became artistic director, Luigi was director of the Rossini
Opera Festival at Pesaro. He later became director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Ferrari’s choices of repertoire over his
nine years ranged widely. As well as Italian works, he introduced Spaniard Enrique Granados (Maria del Carmen, 2003) and brought the first Polish opera to Wexford in 1999 (The Haunted Manor, Moniuszko). He cast such remarkable new voices as Joseph Calleja (1998 and 2000), Iwona Hossa, Tatiana Monogarova and Ekaterina Gubanova. For Si j’étais roi (Adam, 2000) he brought back a conductor who had been well received in 1996 with Šarká (Fibich) – David Agler, who would later become Wexford Festival Opera’s artistic director in 2005.
In 1994, a four-year series of commercial recordings from
the Festival was started, in addition to Raidió Teilifís Éireann broadcasts from the Festival. Many seasons were also broadcast by BBC Radio 3. In 2001, the fiftieth festival was a special event marked by the introduction of surtitles.
Luigi will present a provocative conversation based on the hypothesis that someone else was responsible for writing all of Shakespeare’s works!
Many individuals have been proposed as the true author of the works we attribute to Shakespeare. Luigi will speak specifically about John Florio. Florio is one of the many individuals who
have been proposed as the real author of the works of William Shakespeare by advocates of the ‘Shakespeare authorship question’. The case for an Italian, either John or his father Michelangelo Florio, as author of Shakespeare’s works was initially associated with resurgent Italian nationalism of the Fascist era. The theory is linked to the argument put forward by other anti-Stratfordians that Shakespeare’s work shows an intimate knowledge of Italian culture and geography, even though there is no evidence that Shakespeare ever left England’s soil.
We are grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of the Lecture by Victoria Walsh Hamer who is the daughter of the Festival’s Founder, Dr Tom Walsh.
JEROME HYNES THEATRE | NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE TICKETS €10
Friday 30 October | 11 a.m.
Please join us for a cup of coffee or tea after the lecture.