The grand finale of the Opera in the 2019 Heritage is in Viseu
From September 26 to 29, Viseu hosts seven presentations integrated in the OPERA ON HERITAGE Program. Operational concerts, symphonic choir concert and string group performances in various locations throughout the city, always with free access.
O.P. (US) – OPERA ON HERITAGE presents reference works of the History of Music, in an artistic-cultural script that unites the municipalities of Batalha, Leiria, Viseu, Pinhel, Vila Nova de Foz Côa and the University of Coimbra. The third edition of OPERA ON HERITAGE began on August 15, in Vila Nova de Foz Coa, continued by Pinhel, Leiria, Coimbra, Batalha and ends this week, between September 26 and 29, in Viseu. The project is co-financed by the Fund Regional Development Agency following its application for the Centre’s Regional Operational Program and implemented in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Seven presentations in Viseu
Between Thursday and Sunday, there are concerts at the Museum of the City (September 26, 17h), Municipal Library (September 26, 19h), Quinta da Cruz (September 27, 19h) and the Parish Church of Abraveses (28th of September). September, 4:30 pm). On the nights of September 27th and 28th, Friday and Saturday, the Adro da Sé is the stage for Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah, and on the last day of this cycle there will be the ‘Requiem’ from Verdi at the Sé Cathedral at 9:30 pm
Tension resolved by death
The biblical story of Samson and Delilah, in the opera composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, is one of the highlights of the program and will be presented at the Viseu Cathedral Hall on September 28, Saturday, at 9.30 pm. The day before, at 9 pm, the most interested can still attend the rehearsal. “Samson and Delilah” is directed by José Ferreira Lobo, cast by Carlos Guilherme (Samson) Gisela Sachse (Dalila), Pedro Telle (High Priest of Dagon), with narration by Henrique Silveira. According to the program this work “is a catalog of musical art, progressions, cadences, escapes, ballets, a great duet of love, provocations, derision and apocalypse.
On the last day, they join the Opera in Heritage Orchestra, members of the Inês de Castro Symphonic Choir, Capella Maiorquina Choir and Ciutat d’Eivissa Choir to perform, with musical direction by José Maria Moreno. The work of the Italian composer, which premiered on May 22, 1874, at St. Mark’s Church in Milan, is performed by Marina Pacheco, Patrícia Quinta, Pedro Rodrigues and Rui Silva.