Those who plan to visit Rome during the next few
months ought to keep their eyes and ears open and get the precise
schedule from the website of the Teatro dell'Opera (www.operaroma.it) and of the Rome Bishopric press office (www.ucsroma.it) . These are not ordinary church concerts, often performed by well meaning semi-professionals, but important performances by well-known artists. In addition, the entrance is
free. The program has a dual purpose: a) for Rome's Opera House, it is an important way to reach out
to new audiences; b) for the Rome Bishopric, it is a means to bring high quality music into churches all over the vast metropolitan area.
This is the second year in which a program of
this nature has been conceived and implemented. 2012/13 includes many more
performances than in 2011/12,. and has an added feature: whereas in 2011/12, the content of
church concerts changed from location to location due to artists'
availability and other considerations, this year the Vivaldi concert will be seen and heard in five Churches, with the same
artists, over a five month period.
It opens with a solemn and short Credo for
chorus, four soloists, strings and basso continuo. Then, there is a rather unusual Magnificat,
dramatized with the soloists interpreting five differentcharacters, and with two orchestral ensembles and two choruses confronting one another. The third and final part is the
well-known and often performed Gloria for
soloists, chorus and orchestra. A
A very good performance; among the soloists, the
altos Silvia Pasini and Lorella Pieralli deserve a mention because
Vivaldi wrote very difficult notes for them, and they handled their roles very skillfully. The audience highly appreciated the performance.