Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
June 11, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| $10 – $25
Gioacchino Rossini called his Petite Messe “the last mortal Sin of my Old Age” – but the results are heavenly!
While it uses the text of the traditional mass, the music is pure opera – from outstanding solos to high-speed choruses.
The work was commissioned by a Parisian countess for her private chapel and had its premiere in 1864.
Peter Butterfield conducts the VPC performance in Rossini’s original (and favourite) orchestration: two grand pianos and a harmonium – though with 60 choristers instead of the composer’s original dozen.
Don’t miss this rare performance of an unusual work!
Festival seating (first come first serve).