On Thursday 2nd April the Vodafone Malta Foundation will present the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Gioacchiano Rossini's Stabat Mater at St. John's Co-Cathedral with the participation of soloists Miriam Cauchi, Claire Massa, Antonino Interisano and Noel Galea, and the Mirabitur Choir (choir mistress Simone Attard) under the direction of Emanuel Spagnol. The event is also being presented in collaboration with The Rev. Metropolitan Chapter and The St. John's Co-Cathedral Foundation. Miriam Cauchi is the recipient of the Gheorghi Slatev Cherkin Competition and the Bulgarian XIV National Competition Svetoslav Obretenov. She graduated with full honours from the Sofia State Music Academy in 1997 under the tutorship of Blagovesta K Dobreva, she furthered her studies in Milan with Juliette Bisazza Zanni and attended master classes with Magda Olivero in Barcelona. Mezzo-soprano Claire Massa is a regular performer in vocal concerts. Her repertoire spans from Handel's Messiah to the operas of Mozart and Rossini, German lieder, to the French romantics and impressionists as well as the more demanding twentieth century works. Antonino Interisano is an Italian tenor whose lyrico-dramatic voice enables him to tackle the most intriguing repertoire with confidence and assertion. He began his vocal technique studies privately at the young age of nineteen. In 2000 he was coached at the Academy headed by world renowned Katia Ricciarelli, after which he had the privilege to further improve vocal studies with Mo Leone Magiera, and theatre studies with the famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Bass Noel Galea studied vocal technique under the tuition of Prof. Dobreva at Opera Studio and has subsequently appeared in various concerts, operas and oratorios. He has also performed in notable performance venues which include St. Peter's Basilica, and in Aula Nervi in the presence of Pope John Paul II.
After his early musical training with his father Nazzareno, Emanuel Spagnol studied horn and later joined the Manoel Theatre Orchestra, the National Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in the position of principal horn. His performances of the Strauss and Mozart horn concertos were highly acclaimed as were his numerous chamber music performances.
The concert starts at 19:30h. Entrance is free. Patrons are reminded that the wearing of stiletto and narrow heels is strictly prohibited.