2 April * Sunday * 3.00 pm
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Management reserves the right to substitute performers and works performed
For the first time on the stage of the Astana Opera House on the eve of the Holy Week, lovers of sacred music will hear Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a jewel of world music culture.
“Stabat Mater Dolorosa” translates as “the sorrowful mother was standing”. The first part of the text recounts the sufferings of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ; the second part is a sinner’s prayer to the Virgin Mary, ending with a request to grant him a saving paradise.
The author of the Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered to be the Tuscan poet Jacopone da Todi, a Franciscan friar who lived in the 13th century.
Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, full of light sadness that touches the very hearts of people, is striking from its first sounds with its sincere desire for joy, despite severe mental anguish. It heals and affects the most delicate strings of the human soul.
This work, which has long been one of the most important works in its genre, will be performed jointly by soloists and ensembles from the Astana Opera House and the Kazakh National University of Arts.
Soprano: Assem SEMBINA
Alto: Batyrzhan SMAKOV
Children’s Choir of the Astana Opera House
Choirmaster: Altynganym AKHMETOVA
String Ensemble Anima di Barocco:
Madina KAPEU (violin)
Madina BEKMADIYEVA (violin)
Gulnara TLEUGABYLOVA (viola)
Alisher DUTBAYEV (cello)
Kanat ZHANDAULETOV (double bass)
Raushan BESKEMBIROVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (harpsichord)
Artistic Director: Raissa MUSSAKHAJAYEVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
Chorus Master: Shirin AKHMEDZHANOVA
Accompanist: Irina KURGUZKINA
ON THE PROGRAMME:
Giovanni Pergolesi. Stabat Mater for soprano, alto, choir, and string ensemble, op. 77