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ARTE Opera: Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle live

Author: ARTE G.E.I.E.

11 OCT 2020: Continuation of the ARTE Opera Season 2020/21 with Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, streamed live from the Wexford Festival Opera on 11 October at 20:00 (CET).

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The little town of Wexford, just two hours away from Dublin, is home to an opera festival like no other. With its productions of works far removed from the standard repertoire, the Wexford Festival Opera is an experience not to be missed.

ARTE is glad to bring, in collaboration with RTÉ, a pearl of the festival to their audiences to enjoy for free from the comfort and safety of their own homes: Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Considered as one of the most remarkable compositions of his career, demonstrated by his use of beautiful, memorable melodies and rhythmic vitality, the Mass is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Performed in its original version from the stage of the National Opera House with two pianos, harmonium, four soloists and chorus, it will be conducted by Kenneth Montgomery with instrumentalists Finghin Collins (first pianist) , Carmen Santoro (second pianist) , Andrew Synnott (harmonium) and soloists Claudia Boyle (soprano), Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano), Pietro Adaíni (tenor), John Molloy (bass) and the Wexford Factory Ensemble.

The performance will be streamed live on ARTE Concert on 11 October at 20:00 (CET), as part of the third ARTE Opera Season 2020/21 (arte.tv/opera).

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