Miserere and Messa di Milano

13 November 2020
ferdinando Sulla 131120

 The second feature in the Autumn Season of the Rossini Opera Festival: on Sunday 15th November at 8.30 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini two real rarities will be performed: the Messa di Milano [Milan Mass ] and the Miserere conducted by Ferdinando Sulla, with the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna (Chorus Master Mirca Rosciani); the Miserere will be sung by Manuel Amati, Antonio Garés and Grigory Shkarupa; Svetlina Stoyanova will join them for the Messa di Milano.

The Concert will be broadcast in streaming free of charge on the web-site (www.rossinioperafestival.it), on the YouTube channel and on the Facebook page of the ROF, and also on the Fidelio platform (www.myfidelio.at), a joint-venture of the Austrian national radiotelevision service with Unitel.

These two sacred compositions, being performed for the first time at our Festival, show us, from the technical-stylistic point of view, an unfamiliar youthful Rossini, carefully observing academic rules and leaning towards the rigorous ecclesiastical style. As in other sacred works of the same period, in both compositions we find fugal and imitative-contrapuntal episodes.  
The Milan Mass, of which Ferdinando Sulla has prepared the critical edition, follows the typical structure of the missa brevis – much in fashion at the time – the main framework of which consists of the first three passages foreseen by the Ordinarium Missae:    Kyrie, Gloria and Creed, in which choral passages alternate with individual solos for the principal singers.
The Miserere shares with the Mass not only its structure, consisting of alternating choral and solo numbers, but also the same instrumental and vocal organic (apart from the addition of the contralto).
The names of the various Masses were not given to them by their composer, but are taken from the places where the principal sources are to be found today.  In fact, the manuscript of the Messa di Milano was purchased, together with that of the Miserere, in the period 1860-1865 by the Milanese collector and composer Gustavo Adolfo Noseda and is to be found today in the collection of the same name in the Milan Conservatorio.

The Autumn Season of the ROF will continue, from the 25th to the 29th November, with two operatic productions: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il viaggio a Reims.  All the performances will be broadcast free of charge in live streaming.