Gaulitanus Choir participates in Rome’s Festival di Pasqua
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The 20th edition of the Festival di Pasqua recently took place in Rome, Italy and Gozo’s Gaulitanus Choir were invited to participate in the event by the Associazione Festival di Pasqua.
The choir said that this was a direct result of the ongoing collaboration between the choir-organised Gaulitana: A Festival of Music and the Festival di Pasqua’s artistic director Enrico Castiglione, who has been collaborating with the choir over the past years in its annual operatic production.
The choir’s performances were held at the magnificent Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle. The first act of Puccini’s Tosca – which was the first opera put on during Gaulitana – is set in this grand basilica in the very heart of the Eternal City.
There were two musical commitments, the first for the choir was the animation of the liturgy during the Saturday evening Mass celebrated by the basilica’s rector Rev. Carlos Gomez-Ruiz.
A full-scale concert then followed on the Sunday evening. Consisting of 3 parts. The first, called Preludio di Ave Maria, consisted of various Ave Maria composed by Arcadelt, Schubert, Beethoven, Mascagni and Gibilaro.
The second part, entitled Interludio di musica Maltese, with works by the choir’s founder-director Colin Attard, whereas the third part, called Finale di celebri pezzi sagri, presented several well-known works by Bach, Mozart, Franck, Verdi, Bizet and Young.
Encouraged by an appreciative audience, the choir gave an encore: fittingly Giuseppe Caruana’s Fil-Hlewwa ta’ Mejju – as arranged by Colin Attard.
The choir’s resident soloists, sopranos Annabelle Zammit and Stephanie Portelli and bass Ian Grech, were joined by two guest soloists, soprano Georgina Gauci and tenor Charles Vella Zarb, for the Rome tour.
The choir was accompanied by its resident organist Stephen Attard and also featured Pierre Louis Attard on the violin. The choir’s founder-director Colin Attard conducted.