Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Stabat Mater (2019)


Mariella Devia, Francesca Provvisionato, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana

Daniele Callegari

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was born in 1710 in Jesi and died in Pozzuoli in 1736, struck down by consumption when only twenty-six. Unlucky as far as his health was concerned, he was gifted, by way of compensation, with a spontaneous and powerful musicality which was immediately communicative. His fame as a composer spread far and wide so rapidly that he was imitated by many, and numerous works were wrongly attributed to him. Pergolesi was active in both theatrical genre and in sacred music and his genius is synthesized in two works of opposing character, the opera buffa La serva padrona, and the Stabat Mater. The latter is a sublime and sorrowful lament by the Virgin confronted with her Son’s sacrifice on the Cross. The text that Pergolesi set to music is the ancient Latin sequenza attributed almost certainly to Jacopone da Todi, that remarkable monk and poet who lived between 1230 and 1306. Traditionally understood to have been a well-off and jolly character, Jacopone converted to a most fervent religious mysticism after having survived the collapse of his palace, and after a cilice (a tough garment of penance) was found on the body of his wife who died in the disaster. From that point on, Jacopone expounded his faith and his intense desire to partecipate in the Passion of Christ in verses of rough semplicity fired with fervour. As the Dies Irae, the Stabat Mater is a strophic composition in which the verses are linked by rhyme and assonance. The theme is the grief of the Madonna at the foot of the Cross, and the anguish of the faithful as he shares in the suffering of the crucifixion.

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Mariella Devia

Mariella Devia (Chiusavecchia, April 12, 1948) is an Italian soprano.
She studied with Yolanda Magnoni and obtained a diploma in singing at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 1972 she made his debut in Treviso in Così fan tutte, and won in 1973 won the "Toti dal Monte".
Her career takes place mainly in Italy, but also reaching major opera houses of foreigners playing major roles soprano-light (from the Queen of the Night in La Sonnambula and Lucia di Lammermoor), supporting roles Rossini (Amenaide, Fiorilla, The Comte Ory, Zelmira and Semiramide), different roles (Lodoïska, Giulietta in I Capuleti ei Montecchi and Joan of Arc in the opera by Verdi) and roles inaccessible (Donna Anna in Don Giovanni). Excels in the interpretation of La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she played for the first time in 1973 in Treviso and for the last time in 2006 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Debuted March 24, 2007 in Anna Bolena at the Verona Philharmonic in a virtually complete version of the work. In February 2008 she gave a masterful interpretation of Donizetti's Mary Stuart at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in a production by Pier Luigi Pizzi under the direction of Antonino Fogliani. In 2011 she made his debut as Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux at the Opéra de Marseille, proving to be the ideal interpreter of the trilogy of Donizetti's queens. In the 2013 season has announced its debut in Norma at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

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