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Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana

Duration: 5 min 15 sec
Language: Italian and Latin
Premiere: 10. Apr 2020

Bergen National Opera is delighted to present an Easter performance especially recorded along with Edvard Grieg Kor and singers who were part of our La Clemenza di Tito, which Covid19 forced us to cancel. We also welcome children from EGK´s talent programme.

Our soloist Elisabeth Teige is one of the most sought after young dramatic sopranos in Scandinavia. She sang a magnificent Senta for BNO in our The Flying Dutchman production in 2018. Elisabeth has also recently sung several major roles in Europe´s leading houses including Dresden and Berlin, and was due to make her Bayreuth Festival debut this summer. With Edvard Grieg Choir and EGK´s children´s choir, she sings the beautiful Easter hymn from the Mascagni´s opera Cavalleria Rusticana.

EASTER HYMN
At the centre of the story is an unhappy young woman, Santuzza, who feels that she is not worthy to attend the Easter mass as she has had an extramarital affair. The opera is based on a short story by Giovanni Verga. It is set in a Sicilian village in the 19th century, where a tense drama unfolds on Easter Sunday. The Easter Hymn is a tribute to the Lord, performed by the villagers and Santuzza.

“Let us sing hymns to Him, He is not dead! He is radiant; He has risen from the grave! We hail the risen Lord, today ascended to the glory of Heaven!”

Pietro Mascagni / Music
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci / Libretto
Elisabeth Teige / Soprano
Stephen Higgins / Organ and piano
Håkon Matti Skrede / Choirmaster
Elaine Maltezos / Sound mixer
Morgan Pochin Music / Backing track sound engineering
KolibriMedia / Video edit
Irene Kristin Winter / Project manager EGK youth program

EDVARD GRIEG KOR, WITH GUESTS
Daniela Iancu Johannessen / Alto
David Hansford / Bass
Eva B. Landro / Alto
Hilde Veslemøy Hagen / Soprano
Ingvill Holter / Soprano
Paul Robinson / Tenor
Turid Moberg / Alto
Tyler Ray / Tenor
Ørjan Hartveit / Bass

Charles Lindberg / Bass
Elisabeth Gimmestad / Soprano
Elizaveta Agrafenina / Soprano
Gisle Andersen / Tenor
Gustav Hasfjord / Tenor
Marte Helene Arnesen Einan / Soprano

EGK TALENTER

EDVARD GRIEG GUTTEKOR
Benjamin Winter
Samuel Winter
Julius Edelmann
Olav Sandvik

EDVARD GRIEG JENTEKOR
Hedda Øvstegård
Daria Bacvinka

This performance was recorded at home by the help of the artists.

Pietro Mascagni / Musikk
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti og Guido Menasci / Libretto
Elisabeth Teige / Sopran
Stephen Higgins / Orgel og piano
Håkon Matti Skrede / Kormester
Elaine Maltezos / Lyd Morgan Pochin Music / Lyd
KolibriMedia / Video edit
Irene Kristin Winter / Prosjektansvarlig EGK ungdomsprogram

EDVARD GRIEG KOR, MED GJESTER
Daniela Iancu Johannessen / Alt
David Hansford / Bass
Eva B. Landro / Alt
Hilde Veslemøy Hagen / Sopran
Ingvill Holter / Sopran
Paul Robinson / Tenor
Turid Moberg / Alto
Tyler Ray / Tenor
Ørjan Hartveit / Bass

Charles Lindberg / Bass
Elisabeth Gimmestad / Sopran
Elizaveta Agrafenina / Sopran
Gisle Andersen / Tenor
Gustav Hasfjord / Tenor
Marte Helene Arnesen Einan / Sopran

EGK TALENTER

EDVARD GRIEG GUTTEKOR
Benjamin Winter
Samuel Winter
Julius Edelmann
Olav Sandvik

EDVARD GRIEG JENTEKOR
Hedda Øvstegård
Daria Bacvinka

Photos from Mariakirken by Anne Merete Solbakken

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