Edgardo Rocha Portrait

STABAT MATER RAI DI TORINO

Edgardo Rocha will sing the Start Mater in the new season of the Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai on June 7th with Maestro James Conlon.

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JAMES CONLON direttore
CARMEN GIANNATTASIO soprano
MARIANNA PIZZOLATO mezzosoprano
EDGARDO ROCHA tenore
ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO basso
CORO MAGHINI basso
CLAUDIO CHIAVAZZA maestro del coro

Stabat Mater is a work by Gioacchino Rossini based on the traditional structure of the Stabat Mater for chorus and soloists. Initially he used his own librettos and compositions for a portion of the work and, eventually, the remainder by Giovanni Tadolini, who composed six additional movements. Rossini presented the completed work to Varela as his own. It was composed late in his career after retiring from the composition of opera. He began the work in 1831 but did not complete it until 1841.

Rossini divided the poem’s twenty 3-line verses into ten movements and used various combinations of forces for each movement:

  1. Stabat Mater dolorosa (verse 1) – Chorus and all four soloists
  2. Cujus animam (verses 2–4) – Tenor
  3. Quis est homo (verses 5–6) – Soprano and mezzo-soprano
  4. Pro peccatis (verses 7–8) – Bass
  5. Eja, Mater (verses 9–10) – Bass recitative and chorus
  6. Sancta Mater (verses 11–15) – All four soloists
  7. Fac ut portem (verses 16–17) – Mezzo-soprano
  8. Inflammatus (verses 18–19) – Soprano and chorus
  9. Quando corpus morietur (verse 20) – Chorus and all four soloists
  10. In sempiterna saecula. Amen (not part of the standard text) – Chorus

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