Sat 27 Jun 2020, University Church of St Mary the Virgin
Dating from the 11th century, the church is historically the most important building in Oxford. Among other things, it is where the Protestant Archbishops Cranmer, Ridley and Latimer were tried for heresy in 1555 and condemned to be burned at the stake. It was also used for university ceremonies and examinations before the building of the Examination Schools and the Sheldonian Theatre.
Facilities: No parking facilities. Refreshments sometimes available if arranged by promoter. Disabled access.
Walking: approx. 10 mins
Parking: St Giles parking, Monday - Saturday, 8am - 6.30pm and evenings from 6.30pm, Sunday, 10am - 6.30pm and evenings from 6.30pm - £1.50 up to 30 mins, £3 up to 1 hour, £5 up to 2 hours, £3 for evenings.
A late and joyous masterpiece - the "little solemn mass"
Following their critically acclaimed first year, join Opus 48 – Oxfordshire’s newest choral society – and their Music Director David Crown as they conclude their second season with the exquisite chamber version of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
This "little solemn mass", a setting of the missa solemnis, is scored for choir, soloists, two pianos and a harmonium, a traditional Neapolitan scoring. Composed over three decades after his last opera, this sacred gem was a commission for a friend's wife - designed for presentation not in a large Italian church, but for an private salon reception. Rossini brings his artistry as a towering giant of the theatre to this heartfelt composition and the work shines as a dramatic and intense eulogy.
Joining Opus 48 for this 19th century jewel will be rising operatic stars from ENO and ROH — soprano Anita Watson, alto Catherine Carby, tenor Alexander James Edwards and baritone Matthew Durkan.
Not to be missed!
Duration: 1 hour 30mins with no interval