By the age of 37, Rossini’s 40 operas had made him a wealthy man. William Tell was to be his last, after which he left his adopted France for Italy all-but retiring from composing. However, after a long illness he returned to Paris – and to music – writing many light-hearted vignettes and salon pieces, the greatest of which is the Petite messe solennelle. Rossini described it as ‘the last mortal sin of my old age’.
Packed with stunning melodies and sumptuous harmony, this delightful work is a perfect start to the season. And you are invited to experience the piece close-up at an open rehearsal on Saturday 23 September. Here you will be able to join the Philharmonic Chorus and conductor Timothy Redmond for the afternoon and work in detail on this extraordinary music.
The soloists are supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.