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Wexford Festival Opera '00. Conchita by Riccardo Zandonai. Monica di Siena as Conchita. Photograph (c) Derek Speirs

The last, sung in Russian, was revealed to have at least the germs of another Tchaikovsky masterpiece, with Igor Tarassov (Lionel) and the outstanding soprano Lada Biriucov (as Jeanne d'Arc) prominent among the performers. Massimo Gasparon both supplied the decor for and directed this thoughtful, beautifully presented production; the conductor was Daniele Callegari. Lighting for all three productions was by Rupert Murray, and the robust, part Czech-based Wexford Festival Opera Chorus was joined by the National Symphony Orchestra.

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