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Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

At the end of the 19th century, the Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia assumed a definitive role and took part in performances of polyphonic music as well as of the great symphonic-vocal repertory.  Today, the chorus consists of about 90 members and performs with the Accademia Orchestra for the execution of great classical and modern symphonic-choral works.




The very origins of the centuries-old Accademia di Santa Cecilia are closely linked to the practice of choral singing. In the second half of the 1500's, certain Choirmasters and Choristers joined in forming an association, electing Palestrina as its president, and thus founding the Accademia.

It was only towards the end of the 19th century that the Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia began to assume a definitive role and take part in performances of polyphonic music as well as of the great symphonic-vocal repertory. In 1895, the Sala Accademica in Via dei Greci was inaugurated with a concert of music by Palestrina directed by Raffaele Terziani. One of the group's first maestros was Bernardino Molinari; subsequent conductors have included Bonaventura Somma, Gino Nucci, Giulio Bertola, Rainer Steubing-Negenborn, Roberto Gabbiani and Norbert Balatsch. Today, the Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia consists of about 90 members. The Chorus performs during both the winter and summer seasons, joining the Accademia Orchestra for the execution of great classical and modern symphonic-choral works.

The Chorus has also collaborated with prominent orchestras and celebrated conductors: with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestra of the Schleswig Holstein (1992); with Carlo Maria Giulini and the Rai Orchestra of Turin (1993); with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic (Verdi's Otello, 1995); and with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra (1998). It also participated in a performance of Mozart's Requiem conducted by Spivakov in Kiev on the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster (1996). In 1997 it sang in Dresden with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti, and participated in the events for "International Youth Day" with the Pope in Paris. The Chorus also toured Brazil with the Saltzburg Chamber Virtuosi in 1998.

Among its many noteworthy international appearances are: the Budapest Festival (with an all-Verdi program) in 2005; the Ravenna Festival for Il Trovatore in 2004; and in Cairo with Riccardo Muti (2004).  In addition, the Chorus has made numerous tours together with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra: to London's Royal Festival Hall (the Verdi Requiem conducted by Chung in 1999); to Istanbul and Santander in 2001 (Verdi's Requiem and Rossini's Stabat Mater); and to the 2003 celebrations for the re-opening of the renovated Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

The Chorus has also made a long list of outstanding recordings. In recent years, it has recorded a CD celebrating the 2,750th anniversary of the founding of the City of Rome with Myung-Whun Chung; music by Beethoven for Deutsche Grammophon; two CDs of sacred music dedicated to the 2000 Jubilee; both the Duruflé Requiem and the Fauré Requiem with Cecilia Bartoli and Bryn Terfel (which was awarded the coveted Diapason d'Or); the Misa Tango by Bacalov (which was nominated for a "Grammy" award); and a CD devoted to sacred music by Giuseppe Verdi. More recently, the Chorus took part, together with the Accademia Orchestra, in recording Puccini's operas Edgar, with Placido Domingo, and Madama Butterfly (for EMI) with Angela Gheorgiu and Antonio Pappano conducting, as well as Verdi's Requiem, also conducted by Pappano.

Its latest engagements include tours with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and its Music Director Antonio Pappano to the Semperoper in Dresden and the Proms in London (2006 and 2007, respectively) to perform Rossini's Stabat Mater; and appearances in Lucerne with the prestigious Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado (August 2006). In 2007 it performed the Verdi Requiem in Rome's Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, together with the Vienna Philharmonic directed by Daniele Gatti.
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