Fragments of Baroque comic operas by G. Paisiello and D. Cimarosa will be presented on the 15th of November at the Hermitage Theater. The musical pieces will be performed by Northern Symphony Orchestra of the Music Hall Theatre conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo. During this performance the audience will hear the rare clavecins. Principal performers of the Music Hall Theatre which are the winners of international contests and the St. Petersburg Government award, will take part in the concert.
These unique musical instruments of the 18th century were taken out to Italy from Russia during the reign of Empress Catherine the Great and are currently under protection of the Naples San Pietro a Majella Conservatory as the items of a great historical value. Specially for the Magic of Old Clavecins project the will be delivered to Saint Petersburg and spectators will get the unique opportunity to hear the authentic sounds of these rare instruments.
The two priceless clavecins were presented as a token of great recognition by Empress Catherine the Great to the famous Neapolitan composers of the 18th century: Giovanni Paisiello (1741-1816) and Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) who were invited by Catherine the Great to work in Saint Petersburg as court composers.
The audience will hear the fragments of The Barber of Seville, comic opera by G. Paisiello, and The Virgin of the Sun, ореrа seria by D. Cimarosa. The premiere of The Barber of Seville, which the composer wrote while living in Russia, took place in 1782 at the stage of the Hermitage Theater of the Winter Palace and was extremely popular with the Russian and European audience. The Virgin of the Sun was also composed while the composer was at the court and the opera premiere took place at the stage of the Hermitage Theater in 1789. Although the both operas had such tremendous success, later they fell into oblivion and were hardly ever performed.
Thanks to this project these unique instruments will speak again for the Russian audience, reviving the music of the Italian Baroque operas of the Catherine the Great Age.