✨In Catania, on Monday evening 4 November 2019 at 8 pm, in a cathedral filled with a warm and friendly audience, took place the final concert of the Bellini Festival 2019 – XI edition under the direction of Enrico Castiglione. Protagonists of the event were the Orchestra da Camera Vincenzo Bellini of Catania directed by Pier Paolo Maccarrone, the Coro Lirico del Mediterraneo directed by Alessandra Pipitone and the renowned singer soloists: the soprano Gonca Dogan, the tenor Filippo Micale, the mezzosoprano Sonia Fortunato and the baritone Giovanni Di Mare. The program of the concert was very rich and intense: from the famous “Aria on the fourth string” by Bach to the famous Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, the Coro Lirico del Mediterraneo interpreted splendid pages of Mozart, the Dies Irae and the Lacrimosa drawn from the Requiem and a moving Ave Verum Corpus reproposed also in the encore and the wonderful Gloria by Vivaldi.
The choir is also intervened in “Liber scriptus” from Verdi’s Requiem where the mezzo-soprano Sonia Fortunato showed great vocal agility and perfect intonation, later enchanted the audience with a moving interpretation of Gounod’s Ave Maria.
While the tenor Filippo Micale delighted the audience by proposing “Ingemisco” from Verdi’s Requiem, the “Domine Deus” from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solemnelle, then the Soprano Gonga Dogan who enchanted the audience with splendid performances of “The Virgin of the Angels” accompanied by Coro Lirico del Mediterraneo.
She also proposed a beautiful “Ave Maria” by Verdi’s Otello, later followed by a duet interpretation with Filippo Micale of Cesar Franck’s Panis Angelicus.
The baritone Giovanni Di Mare proposed to the public a beautiful air “Ombra mai fu” taken from the opera “Serse” by Haendel, and finally to pay homage to the Cigno of which the 218 anniversary of the birth occurred, the orchestra performed the “Te Deum” and Gonga Dogan has interpreted the most famous arias of Bellini “Casta Diva” from Norma to crown an evening worthy of the name of the greatest Catania’s musician of all time. I share with you to follow some photos of the rehearsals and the concert. A big hug to all of you and a special thanks to the wonderful audience of the city of Catania at the event! ✨