Saturday 10th November, 6pm

Sala Santa Cecilia Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

Orchestra and Choir of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano Conductor

Ciro Visco Chorus Master

Marina Rebeka Soprano
Sara Mingardo Mezzosoprano
Francesco Meli Tenor
Alex Esposito Bass

Hans Werner Henze Ouverture zu einem Theater
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle

Sir Antonio Pappano with Hans Werner Henze Sir Antonio Pappano and the orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia pay tribute to German maestro Hans Werner Henze with a performance of his final composition, Ouverture zu Einem Theater, before their performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle on Saturday 10th November. The short musical gem, which was premiered in Berlin on 20th October 2011, was commissioned by Deutsch Oper to celebrate the theatre’s 100th anniversary.

The Accademia di Santa Cecilia had a close relationship with Henze, who passed away only a few days ago. Born in Darmstadt, Henze moved to Marino, near Rome in 1953 and frequently attended Santa Cecilia’s concerts. The great German composer was a huge admirer of Pappano’s orchestra and was commissioned to compose a work for the orchestra in 2010. Opfergang, based on the poem Das Opfer by Franz Werfel, was premiered to critical acclaim on 10th January 2010 by Pappano and the orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia with renowned soloists including Ian Bostridge and John Tomlinson.

As part of a tour to Ljubiana, Zagreb, Vienna, Basel, Geneva, Bern and Zurich in April 2013, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia will perform the German premiere of Hans Werne Henze’s Opfergang.


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