Italian Treasures – May 2020

Sunday May 10th, 2020 at 7:00 pm Rossini
Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester. M3 1DA
Petite Messe Solennelle – Rossini
The “Petite Messe solennelle” is the finest work of Rossini’s late years. He composed the it in 1863 at the age of 71. There is nothing petite about this monumental mass setting, which Rossini wrote following a thirty-year self-imposed retirement from composing opera. It is full of drama, pathos, colour and intensity. Rossini brings his artistry as a towering giant of the theatre to this heartfelt composition. The sheer variety of movements is extraordinary, ranging from a desolate ‘Crucifixus’, ecstatic solos, sublime duets and dramatic trios, a hair-raising ‘Et resurrexit’, as powerful an ‘Agnus Dei’ as any of the era.
Messa di Gloria – Puccini
Messa di Gloria is one of Puccini’s earliest works, and has become one of the composer’s most often performed. It was composed when Puccini was just 18 and combines the excitement of youth with the fabulous melodic writing to be found in his later operas. Audacious, colourful and unpredictable, the piece opens with a radiant string introduction, and explodes into the intense melodic and rhythmic energy that characterise much of the piece. There’s barely space for listeners to pause for breath in between one glorious tune and the next.
Orchestra A small ensemble
Conductor Nigel P Wilkinson
Soprano Katherine Broderick
Mezzo Soprano Kathleen Wilkinson
Tenor Amar Mucchala
Bass Thomas D Hopkinson

Tickets: adults £15, students £5 available from:

– Our ticket secretary on 0161 797 3583

– From the Stoller Hall Box Office:
     – Tel: 0333 130 0967 (2-4pm on Monday to Friday).
     – Online using the Stoller Hall website.
     – By Stoller Hall Box Office email:

– or via members of the choir