The operatic choir, Corale Lirica San Rocco © Robert Vagg
Bonn/Bologna, 19 May 2017 – there was standing room only in the Cappella Farnese in Bologna’s medieval Palazzo d’Accursio for the fifth annual Benefit Concert held as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.
The magnificent setting of the chapel with its 16th century frescos by Prospero Fontana was just the entrée in what proved to be a feast for the senses, as the Corale Lirica San Rocco enthralled an enthusiastic audience with a repertoire covering arias from Verdi’s Macbeth and Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Added to the programme as a surprise finale was Inneggiamo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, much to the delight of CMS Executive Secretary Bradnee Chambers.
Fernando Spina, better known in CMS circles as the Chair of the Scientific Council, sang the tenor lead in the opening aria, but star of the show was undoubtedly soprano, Scilla Cristiano.
Luca Lelli, mayor of the commune of Ozzano dell’Emilia, was among the civic dignitaries in attendance. Donations amounting to nearly €1,000 will be forwarded to a project relevant to the conservation of migratory birds.
Last updated on 14 July 2017