Petite messe solennelle
Cancellation of the Petite Messe solennelle
Following the federal and cantonal directives relating to the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Grand Théâtre de Genève is obliged to cancel the performance of the Petite Messe solennelle initially scheduled for November 15, 2020.
Our season subscribers as well as the holders of tickets for this event will be contacted by email.
Infos & cast
Infos & cast
Missa solemnis scored originally for twelve singers, four of them soloists, two pianos and harmonium. First performed on 14 March 1864 in Paris.
Emma Posman, Soprano
Giuseppina Bridelli, Alto
Julien Henric, Tenor
Justin Hopkins, Bass
Jean-Paul Pruna, Xavier Dami, Réginald Lereun, pianos & harmonium
Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus
Alan Woodbridge, Choir director
The most famous – and celebrated – of Gioacchino Rossini’s “Sins of Old Age”, the collection of miscellaneous pieces written during his lengthy retirement years, the “Little Solemn Mass” is all these things at once. At a time when sacred choral works took on colossal dimensions, this Catholic liturgy was created by only twelve singers, two pianos and a harmonium: a little mass, indeed. Did Rossini, who liked a good joke, want to thumb his nose at Beethoven by giving it the pompous epithet of “solemn”? In this sincere, if not solemn, profession of faith, Rossini, the man of the theatre, offers the good Lord a work full of drama, pathos, colour and intensity. He makes a pilgrimage to the sources of Roman music – Palestrina, but also Mozart and Haydn, give wings to his fugues and inspire the great solo of the communion motet “O salutaris hostia” – the Petite Messe solennelle would later serve as a reference for Fauré and Poulenc. The Chorus of the Grand Theatre will sing it in its original unorchestrated version, with pianos, harmonium and guest soloists. As Rossini himself quipped in his dedication of the score, this will be an evening of sacred music… bordering on the sacrilegious.