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“Luminaria”, a concert series inside the wonderful St. Paul’s within the Walls Church.


Opera in Roma presents the Musical Event “Luminaria”, a concert series inside the wonderful St. Paul’s Within the Walls Church.
Lose yourself in the candle lights inside the Church and enjoy this suggestive atmosphere, together with the wonderful mosaics and artworks.

When the music will start, prepare yourself to live the magic of this charming moment.


Program and cast

Sunday, January 19 – 6:30 pm

L'organista di San Pietro

Josep Solé Coll, Organ

Music by J. S. Bach, Ch. M. Widor, L. Boëllmann

The world acclaimed organist of St. Peter’s Papal Basilica will offer an organ recital with works inspired and dedicated to the virgin Mary.

Serene and contemplative music by J. S. Bach, Ch. M. Widor, L. Boëllmann among others.

Sunday, January 26 – 6:30 pm

Luca Margoni, Guitar

Alessandro Fratta, Flute

Music by M. Giuliani, C. Debussy, F. Poulenc, F. Margola among others

Two delicate instruments meet and play together: a little journey through charming works written all through the 20th century. The atmosphere created by the candle-lit  church will be matched by the elegance and delicacy of this instrumental combination.  

Music by M. Giuliani, C. Debussy, F. Poulenc, F. Margola among others.

Sunday, February 2 – 6:30 pm

Musica Reservata, Chamber choir

Roberto Ciafrei, Director

Well known and well appreciated in Rome, the “Musica Reservata” choir works especially in the a cappella repertoire. You will certainly enjoy the purity of the voices, the elegance of their phrasing and the wide range of tones within a program which includes music by G. P. Palestrina, T. L. da Victoria, J. Rheinberger and O. Gijelo

Sunday, February 9 – 6:30 pm

"Al chiaro di luna"

Berit Juul Rasmussen, Piano

Music by L. V. Beethoven, F. Chopin

The Danish pianist Berit Juul Rasmussen has prepared a program of music inspired by the moonlight... Taking L. van Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight Sonata” as a starting point, she has completed the program with Claude Debussy’s beautiful “Suite Bergamasque” which also contains an enchanting  “Clair de lune” and with works by the Venezuelan/French singer and composer Reynaldo Hahn equally inspired by the very same theme.

Sunday, February 16 – 6:30 pm

Jean Guillou e l'Italia: trascrizioni, composizioni e improvvisazioni

Livia Mazzanti, Organ

Livia is one of the prominent Italian organists of her generation. From the very beginning of her career in Rome in the eighties, Livia Mazzanti has revealed a wide range of interpretation, playing rarely executed organ compositions and choosing to offer possible affinities between different periods and styles in her concert programs. Her program will feature works by the great French organist Jean Guillou (her teacher and mentor) Italian music from 17th century “revisited” and transcribed as well as improvisations which is a field in which her excellence is widely recognized.    

Sunday, February 23 – 6:30 pm

Divertimenti musicali

Marzia & Aldo Tramma, Piano Duo

St.Paul's Camerata

A light and enjoyable concert featuring 2 amongst the most entertaining works of the classical repertoire. W. A. Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” is a playful gem of freshness of inspiration, elegance and formal perfection. Camille Saint-Saëns’ humoristic Carnival of the Animals, featuring a musical description of various animals, is also a pearl in the genre of musical divertissement.. The program is completed by a short Children Suite inspired by poems for children and orchestrated with charm for a little instrumental ensemble by the Italian organist and composer Stefano Vasselli.

Sunday, March 1 – 6:30 pm

Swingin' Evening

Massimo Pirone Big Fat Swing Band

A Swing band of 9 elements, including 2 vocalists will bring back to life the golden era of Swing, performing music and songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and many others. Take part in a spectacular concert, full of rhythm and enjoyment.

Sunday, March 8 – 6:30 pm

Terra Brasilis

Sabrina Scatizzi,Voce

Luisa Sette,Voce

Ewerton de Brito, Guitar & Vocals

Special Guests:

Giovanni Belia,Accordion

Natasha Dudynska, Violin

Terra Brasilis is a project that showcases the finest Brazilian classic composers of recent times. Each work, scored for various combinations of guitar, voice, violin and accordion will lead the listener through the landscapes and atmosphere of this most beautiful and enchanting land.

Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Marcos Vinicius, João Nogueira, Dorival Caymmi

Sunday, March 15 – 6:30 pm

G.Fauré: Requiem

"Musica Viva" Children's Choir

St. Paul's choir & Camerata

Elena Zuvini, Soprano

Andrea D'Amelio, Baritone

Federico Vallini, Organ

Antonio Rendina, Conductor

Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem has a serene approach to the theme of death. Its music flows with a sense of peace and fulfillment even in the most dramatic passages. Its fine orchestration, supports the voices with delicacy and charm. The children's choir “Musica Viva” alongside with tenors and basses of the St. Paul’s choir will give to this performance a particular sound bringing itcloser to its original color .

The program will be completed by organ works of the richest French romantic repertoire.


Sunday, March 22 – 6:30 pm

Omaggio a Ch. M. Widor

Messa op. 36 per coro e organo

Sinfonia n. 8 in Si Maggiore

The New Chamber Singers & The Choir of the PontificalNorth American College of Rome

Stefano Vasselli, Organ

Nicholas Will, Conductor

The French organist and composer Ch. M. Widor is an outstanding figure inthe history of organ music. His famous 10 organ symphonies remain among the favorite works in the repertoire of many organists and music lovers enjoy the powerful and colorful  sound thatthe king of instruments discloses in these compositions. Prepare for the extraordinary impact of the alternation between excerpts from these symphonies and the equally monumental Mass for 2 choirs and 2 organs: French romantic music at its best!

Sunday, March 29 – 6:30 pm

Fisarmonica, fra antico e moderno

Saria Convertino, Accordion

St. Paul's Camerata

Andrea Ceraso, Conductor

A great talent, Saria Convertino, is among the most sought-after Accordion performer in Italy. Alongside the St. Paul’s Camerata she will present an intriguing arrangement of J. S. Bach’s famous violin concerto in Aminor as well as an extraordinary virtuoso work, the Accordion Concerto by Richard Galliano. The program will be completed with more music by Antonio Vivaldi for string orchestra.


Sunday, May 3 – 8:30 pm

In Voco Parentis Chamber Choir

Nigel Kerry, Organ

James Randle, Director

Music by G. P. Palestrina, H. Purcell, W. A. Mozart, Ch. V. Stanford, H. Parry, O. Gijelo

The King’s College is indeed the most important and famous English academic institution. Music plays a most relevant role and dozens of choirs and instrumental ensemble give life to innumerable music events of the highest standard. The In Voco Parentis choir, conducted by James Randle will walk us through a traditional program of church music for choir and organ.

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