Opera Concert: Tribute to Bellini

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June 2023

The Catania Chamber Orchestra specialises in the revival of the Italian opera tradition. Formed by orchestral professors who graduated from the most prestigious Sicilian conservatories and by the most promising young people from Catania who have distinguished themselves in the main national and international opera and symphonic prizes, the Catania Chamber Orchestra proposes an interesting cycle of opera concerts for small orchestral ensemble and voices in this 2023 Musical Season.
The concerts take their inspiration from the works of Catania's leading composer, Vincenzo Bellini, and then transport the audience into the context of the opera production of the late 19th and early 20th century in which the Catania composer operated. From Mascagni to Verdi, from Rossini to Puccini via Donizetti, Bizet, etc., in an unforgettable journey through opera.
The concerts will be hosted in the prestigious and monumental Church of La Badia of Sant'Agata, erected next to the Cathedral where Maestro Bellini rests. The Church of La Badia of  Sant'Agata, in addition to its perfectly preserved precious interiors, is distinguished by a panoramic terrace 

Program and cast

Act I
V. Bellini “Norma” Symphony
V. Bellini But make yourself happy
G.Rossini "The Barber of Seville" A voice just now
G. Verdi “Nabucco” Think about it
J. Offenbach "The Tales of Hoffmann" Barcarola
V.Bellini “Norma” Casta Diva
G.Rossini "The Barber of Seville" If my name
G. Verdi "La Traviata" Let's drink in happy glasses

Act II
G. Bizet "Carmen" Entr'acte
R. Leoncavallo "Romance" Morning
V. Bellini Vague moon that silvers
G.Donizetti "Elisir D'Amore" A furtive tear
P. Mascagni "Cavalleria Rusticana" Intermezzo
G. Puccini "La Bohème" Waltz by Musetta
Bellini "La Sonnambula" Take, I give you the ring

Badia di Sant'Agata, Catania

Badia di Sant'Agata or Abbey of St Agatha refers to an 18th-century Roman Catholic church and attached female convent located on Via Vittorio Emanuele #182 in the center of Catania, region of Sicily, southern Italy. The Baroque style church facade is across the street from the left transept of the Cathedral of Catania.

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