Dutch National Opera presents

PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

Heavenly concert with grand ensemble

Duration 1:22

By 24 January online

Language Latin

Surtitles Dutch, English

Long after he had bid farewell to his successful opera career, Gioacchino Rossini wrote his Petite messe solennelle. A mass full of drama, emotion, grand gestures and intimate moments. Andrea Battistoni, who has the Italian opera repertoire in his blood, conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chorus of Dutch National Opera and four young top soloists in this concert stream.


Available for free from 24 January until 24 April

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Rossini, who became famous for his countless comic operas, also displayed his sense of humour in the choice of title for his mass. With a running time of over an hour, a large choir, four soloists and – at least in the version orchestrated by the composer himself and presented by DNO – a full symphony orchestra, many a church is too small for this large-scale masterpiece.

Trailer Petite Messe Solennelle
    Tue 26 Jan Radio4/Podium

    "This Petite messe sounds great. Amazing!"

    Wed 27 Jan Trouw

    "The choir navigated beautifully through opera and ecclesiastic." ★★★★

    Tue 26 Jan Het Parool

    "Beautiful music, beautiful performance... after the opening cadence, you're sold."

    Tue 26 Jan Operamagazine.nl

    "Magically beautiful."

    Thu 28 Jan NRC

    "A thrilling Petite messe solennelle... We want to hear this live as well. Amen!" ★★★★

Excellent young soloists

In this performance, the young Italian conductor Andrea Battistoni (La bohème with DNO in 2017) conducts the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and four soloists who are rising stars in the international opera world: Ying Fang (previously Susanna in the online Le nozze di Figaro), Katia Ledoux (previously Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande), Levy Sekgapane (who won the Belvedere Singing Competition in 2015 on the stage of Dutch National Opera & Ballet) and Frederik Bergman, a singer from Dutch National Opera Studio.

Large-scale project full of challenges

This performance is a musical undertaking of major proportions, rendered extra special in challenging times like these. We are sharing this stream with the audience free of charge in order to demonstrate, in the heart of the second lockdown, what we so sorely miss: the large scale and unifying power of our art form. 

©Melle Meivogel
©Melle Meivogel
©Melle Meivogel
©Melle Meivogel

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical direction
Andrea Battistoni
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Master
Ching-Lien Wu
Ying Fang
Katia Ledoux
Levy Sekgapane
Frederik Bergman

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