October 23, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cantata and Panel Discussion
J. Christian Bygott
As part of CIAO Philadelphia Festival and Peace Day Philadelphia Festival in collaboration with The Assisi Suono Sacro Festival and the historic Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, International Opera Theater is proud to present the Philadelphia premiere of Hildegard Von Bingen Bambina Mistica e La Vergine Nera: Una Preghiera per la Pace (Hildegard Von Bingen Child Mystic & The Black Madonna: A Prayer for Peace) our new cantata, had its world premiere as part of The Assisi Suono Sacro Festival on August 7, 2016 and has its American premiere as part of CIAO Philadelphia at The Shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown on October 15. In Italian and Latin, with 12th century chat of Hildegard Von Bingen and original music by living Sardinian sacred music composer, Mariano Garau, based on a libretto by Karen Lauria Saillant, inspired by Hildegard's writings and translated into Italian by Maria Luisa Meo, we celebrate the messages of Hildegard Von Bingen and The Black Madonna: compassion and love for our earth and our world family. Nine young Philadelphia area sopranos portray nine of The Virtues renamed by Hildegard. Thirteen year old soprano, Sofia Kalinda, portrays the great 12th century mystic, who had visions from her earliest days, as a child. Hildegard would grow up to be a polymath, composer, artist, dramatist, naturalist, and outspoken advisor to kings, bishops and Popes, who, eight hundred years after her death, would be named a saint and doctor of the church. Fully staged and costumed, our cantata features the beautiful voice of Jamaican soprano, Carline Waugh, as The Madonna.
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https://www.facebook.com/events/1520519264923250/ This is link to event page for American premiere at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown 654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901