La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and ChorusesSergey Romanovsky, Vittorio Prato, Martino Faggiani, Fayçal Karoui
Fayçal Karoui: Messa Di Gloria
Even before his first opera, Puccini had already found his voice.
‘And the Almighty touched me with his finger and said ‘Write for the theatre, and only for the theatre!’ And I have obeyed this supreme commandment.’ When he said this, Puccini, whose name is inseparably linked to opera, was forgetting some of the works of his youth. After all, one of Puccini’s first ambitious compositions and successes was a piece of church music: his five-part Messa a Quattro voci con orchestra, or Messa di Gloria for short. In this work he combined counterpoint and the melodic invention that already points ahead to his operas. For his debut at La Monnaie, the French conductor Fayçal Karoui completes this programme with works inspired by the Italian arts: Botticelli’s painting in Respighi’s Trittico, and a verse by Giacomo Leopardi in a piece by the French composer Guillaume Connesson, who pays tribute to the beauty of the Italian landscape. A symphonic evening that is already looking ahead to the summer holidays.
Flagey, La Monnaie/De Munt
Guillaume Connesson, E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare
Ottorino Respighi, Trittico Botticelliano
Giacomo Puccini, Messa di Gloria
Pre-performance talk half an hour before the start of the performance
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choruses
Sergey Romanovsky, tenor
Vittorio Prato, baritone
Fayçal Karoui, dir.
Martino Faggiani, chorus master