Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
Saturday 6 May, 8pm
Sunday 7 May, 2pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: $49-$109 plus booking fees
Experience the celestial power of the voice as soloists and choir perform highlights from the operas of the Italian masters which find characters addressing heaven, from Moses leading his people in prayer to a glorious Easter Hymn in an Italian village.
When masters of the stage compose sacred music, they create work as powerfully dramatic as any opera. Gioachino Rossini, best known as a composer of brilliant comedy and moving tragedy, also wrote a handful of choral masterpieces after his early retirement from the theatre. Like his operas, they celebrate the beauty of the human voice, none more so than his Stabat Mater. This medieval poem describing Mary’s contemplation of her son on the cross is a vividly drawn drama in its own right and it has elicited profound musical responses from composers for centuries. Rossini sets the words with exquisite sensitivity to emotion and mood in the manner of his grandest operas, including virtuoso solos and ensembles and overwhelming choruses, sweeping listeners up in a gripping, living narrative.
VERDI Giovanna d’Arco – Overture
ROSSINI Mose in Egitto – Act III: Preghiera “Dal tuo stellate soglio”
DONIZETTI Maria Stuarda – Act III: “Deh! Tu di un’umile preghiera”
VERDI Don Carlos – Act II: “E lui!... desso... i’infante!
BELLINI Norma — “Casta Diva, che inargenti”
MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana – “Regina coeli laetare”
ROSSINI Stabat Mater