Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
in Residence

    From Saturday 02 July

    To Sunday 10 July

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From Francis Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine to the American symphonic repertoire, two nights of music in Piazza Duomo with the formidable Barbara Hannigan and music director Antonio Pappano. The ongoing residence of The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Spoleto continues to provide unmissable offerings. The Accademia is in Spoleto since the opening concert, for which it joines the Budapest Festival Orchestra with the choir’s participation in Philip Glass’ oratorio The Passion of Ramakrishna.


The orchestra shares the piazza’s stage with Barbara Hannigan, a global star whose voice is one of the most distinctive and sought after in the contemporary opera scene. A ‘globetrotting soprano-chameleon’, as La Repubblica described her, Hannigan is not just a singer with extraordinary vocal talents. In recent years, she has also made a name as a conductor, often singing and leading the orchestra in the same performance. During performances, Hannigan’s physicality merges with the music. “I don’t think of playing a role anymore, it’s just being the music […] For me it is natural, as a singer, an actress and as a music director, to become a “channel” funnelling the composer’s score”.


After his triumph in the chamber music festival’s last edition, Antonio Pappano once again leads the concert at the Caio Melisso Theatre in what is a rare chance to hear the Maestro play the piano.


Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinskij, Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein and Kirill Petrenko are just some of the figures who have conducted the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since its birth in 1908. An illustrious history that Pappano, music director since 2005, is now building on. A regular guest at international festivals, and the winner of numerous awards for discs, in the last few years the orchestra has consolidated its reputation as one of the world’s top orchestras under Pappano’s watch (it, too, was named one of the top ten orchestras by BBC Music Magazine in 2020). This year, Antonio Pappano conducts the closing concert in Piazza Duomo, the climax event with which the Festival closes every year. Barbara Hannigan joins him as the soloist in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a rarely-performed work of extreme beauty. Based on James Agee’s A Death in the Family, it depicts a child lying in the grass on a summer’s day in Knoxville, Tennessee, as he gazes at the sky and contemplates the joys and sorrows of life. International influences, a theme running through the 2022 programme, also infuse the second part of the concert, which features the “American” symphony par excellence, Aaron Copland’s “Third”.

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