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Santa RosaliaSanta Rosalia NYBI

Music written for the Santa Rosalia festivities in Palermo was often destroyed after the initial performance, underlining the ephemeral character of the event. Thanks to a repeat performance in Modena the year following its 1687 premiere, NYBI is able resurrect and give the modern-day premiere of the monumental Santa Rosalia, one of four surviving oratorios by Bonaventura Alliotti, featuring three sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, and string orchestra.

Soprano Johannette Zomer will star in the title role, Santa Rosalia.

Program: Santa Rosalia (1687); Oratorio by Bonaventura Aliotti (1640-1690)

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GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.