Opening Concert, 6 août 2016 20:00, Usher Hall
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.
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