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The Opening Concert

Pappano conducts Italian operatic and choral masterpieces
Saturday 6 August 2016
Usher Hall

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Carmen Giannattasio Soprano
Marianna Pizzolato Mezzo soprano
Yijie Shi Tenor
Roberto Tagliavini Bass

Rossini Sinfonia from Otello
Bellini Sinfonia from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Verdi Ballabile from Macbeth
Rossini Stabat Mater

The fiery drama of Italian operatic and choral treasures launches the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2016 Usher Hall concerts, in the first of a two-concert residency from Rome’s world-renowned Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano.

Praised for the brilliance and finesse of their hugely characterful performances, Pappano and his Orchestra are joined by four fine international opera soloists and the mighty Edinburgh Festival Chorus in Rossini’s dazzling Stabat Mater, a moving choral work blending the sacred and the operatic depicting Christ’s agony on the cross, conveyed in luminous arias and powerful choruses.

To open the concert, the Orchestra and Pappano contrast instrumental music from three Shakespeare-themed Italian operas: the rousing Sinfonia from Rossini’s Otello; the dramatic introduction to Bellini’s take on the Romeo and Juliet story; and stirring ballet music from Verdi’s Macbeth.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 12 September at 7.30pm 


The pairing of Pappano and Santa Cecilia has proven itself as a major artistic brand of our time.

ResMusica


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  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

Venue

Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

Supported by

The Stevenston Charitable Trust

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Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano Conductor


Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master


Carmen Giannattasio Soprano
Marianna Pizzolato Mezzo soprano
Yijie Shi Tenor
Roberto Tagliavini Bass


Rossini Sinfonia from Otello
Bellini Sinfonia from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Verdi Ballabile from Macbeth
Rossini Stabat Mater


More information about some of the artists

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
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Sir Antonio Pappano
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Edinburgh Festival Chorus
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The Opening concert | ResMusica

June 1st 2015

The pairing of Pappano and Santa Cecilia has proven itself as a major artistic brand of our time.

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Tickets

Grand circle: £47 £40 £26.50
Stalls: £47 £40 £32.50
Upper circle: £26.50 £20.50 £14.50