Rossini Stabat Mater
Music by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Premiere: Paris, Salle Ventadour, 7 January 1842
What tenor with a secure high D flat could resist singing the “Cujus animam” from Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater at some point in his career? And the fact that the aria No. 8 of this liturgical work, “Inflammatus et accensus”, was sung by such sacred monsters as Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson, makes one quickly understand that Rossini, although he had stopped writing operas more than 10 years before conceiving this work, could not help composing true vocal jewels that might just as easily have found their place in a splendid five-act opera!
From its first performance at the Salle Ventadour in Paris in 1842, Rossini’s Stabat Mater aroused the enthusiasm of the crowds. Although Richard Wagner and some German critics found his music too secular for a sacred subject, the rest of Europe did not hold back its delight and has loved the work to this day.
The Stabat Mater is also a perfect opportunity for a choir to show the many facets of its talent. Under the direction of Stefano Visconti, the Monte Carlo Opera Choir will prove that it not only shines when on stage, but that it also possesses the suppleness which the sacred and concert repertoire require.
CONDUCTOR | GIANLUCA CAPUANO
CHOIRMASTER | STEFANO VISCONTI
SOPRANO | MARIA AGRESTA
CONTRALTO | VARDUHI ABRAHAMYAM
TENOR | CELSO ALBELO
BASS | ILDEBRANDO D'ARCANGELO
MONTE CARLO OPERA CHOIR
MONTE CARLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA