Puccini's Messa di Gloria and works by Wagner, Verdi, Berlioz, Mozart, Purcell and Joseph Parry.

Summertown Choral Society will be joined by some of the finest young soloists in the country for an evening of opera - an opportunity to close your eyes and think of La Scala, Milan, The Staatskapelle, Weimar, The Salle Herz, Paris, Salzburg Cathedral or the valleys of Wales and ponder Mozart's line from a letter of 1782 ; "Opera to me comes before anything else".  Puccini's "Messa", his 18 year old graduation thesis, was a resounding success with audience and critics alike. It is unashamedly operatic in parts and he even re used some themes in his operas "Manon Lescaut" and "Edgar".

Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" and Berlioz's "L'Adieu des Bergers" from "L'Enfance du Christ", better known as a wedding organ voluntary and "The Shepherd's Farewell" will be performed in their original languages along with Verdi's "Va, Pensiero" from "Nabucco". "Dido's Lament" is from Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", one of the earliest operas in English and Purcell's only true opera. The three exquisite Mozart soprano solos with chorus come from "Idomineo", "Vespers" K339 and "The Coronation Mass" where the "Agnus Dei" has been described as the prototype of "Dove Sono" in "The Marriage of Figaro". The extraordinary composer Joseph Parry left school at the age of 9 unable to read or write, eventually leaving Cambridge with a Doctorate and becoming the first Professor of Music at Aberystwyth University. He was also the first Welshman to write an opera. Our concert concludes with his Y Cychod ar yr Afon, in Welsh.

Duration: 2:30 with interval

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