Italian Treasures – April 2021

Sunday April 18th, 2021 at 7:00 pm Rossini
Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester. M3 1DA
Regretfully we have had to postpone the Italian Treasures concert scheduled for Sunday 10th May 2020 due to the Government’s  guidelines on social distancing to control Covid-19. The  concert will now take place on Sunday 18th April 2021 at the Stoller Hall.
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.
The choir will be joined by a first-class team of professional soloists.
Katherine Broderick SopranoKatherine Broderick was the winner of the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She studied at the National Opera Studio and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent a year at the Mendelssohn Hochschule in Leipzig. She was an ENO Harwood Artist and now studies with Anthony Roden. Read more…..
Kathleen Wilkinson Mezzo – Kathleen Wilkinson. Born in Burnley, but of Irish heritage, Kathleen Wilkinson studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won a Peter Moores Foundation Scholarship and was the first female winner of the Webster Booth Competition. Read more…..
Amar Muchhala Tenor – Indian tenor Amar Muchhala made his Royal Opera House debut in 2013, singing Chulak – The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, David Bruce, world premier, in the Linbury Studio Theater. Read more…..
Thomas D Hopkinson Bass-Baritone – Thomas D Hopkinson. Originally from Nottingham, Thomas studied at the Royal Northern College of Music on the MMus course and the Postgraduate Diploma, graduating in 2014. Read more…..
Harmonium Alistair MacKenzie
Piano Duncan Robertson
Conductor Nigel P Wilkinson

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