I Solisti dell’Opera
A good performance largely depends on its musicians, venue and material. I Solisti dell’Opera, the classical concert at the historic All Saints Church in Rome, excels at all three. In it, the best soloist singers and musicians from Filarmonica d’Opera Italiana present a journey through the history of Italian and European opera. From Baroque all the way to the heyday of bel canto, this event is bound to please.
The ensemble I Solisti dell’Opera, or the Opera Soloists, has been around long enough to garner many accolades and become a prime example of Roman musical excellence. As the talented singers and instrumentalists make their way through the all-star programme, sound and vision combine favourably to transport you into each work’s unique world.
Speaking of the programme, it reads like a who’s who of classical operatic music. The Italian masters are well-represented. The soprano and tenor join forces for Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic ‘Va, pensiero’ (Nabucco). They take turns presenting other classics like Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Una voce poco fa’ (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Vincenzo Bellini’s ‘Casta diva’ (Norma), Giacomo Puccini’s ‘E lucevan le stelle’ (Tosca) or Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ (L’Elisir d’Amore). Less-often played Baroque works such as Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Gelido in ogni vena’ (Il Farnace) or George Frideric Handel’s ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ (Alcina) also make a memorable appearance.
No classical concert would be complete without a chance for the orchestra to show its talents. The gifted musicians offer up their renditions of the ‘Entr’acte’ from the unforgettable Carmen by Georges Bizet or the ‘Intermezzo’ from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. In the impressive setting of Rome’s All Saints Church, these instrumentals sound all the more powerful and evocative.
I Solisti dell’Opera is a splendid all-star performance that spans musical epochs and includes some of the best examples of classical composition. Thanks to the rich selection of material and the talent and professionalism of the Roman ensemble, the night is definitely one for the books!