Following their sacred recital, soprano Patrizia Morandini and pianist Stephen Attard teamed up again for a secular recital at the Gozo Ministry’s Hall on Sunday, 28th April.
The soprano being Italo-Brazilian, fittingly, she choose a repertoire which, apart from being loyal to the title, featured Brazilian music in the first part and Italian music (mostly) in the second part. Indeed, the first part featured 6 songs by Brazilian well-known composers Gomes and Villa-Lobos as well as female composers Vasconcellos and Barreto. On the hand, the second section featured Italian 4 operatic arias by Mascagni, Catalani and Puccini, an odd operetta aria by Lehar, and 2 Neapolitan songs.
The appreciative audience , which included ex-Acting President Anton Tabone and Mrs. Tabone, warmly applauded the performers who consented an encore: another Neapolitan song.
The festival now enters its seventh and final week with a lunchtime concert on Wednesday 1st May at 11.30hrs with a recital by Bulgarian soprano Andreana Yordanova and Abskhasian pianist Sofia Narmanja – who will be replacing indisposed British soprano Emma Darling – at the Gozo Ministry’s Hall and the grand finale with the musical theatre on Friday 3rd May at 20.00hrs at the Kempinski San Lawrenz.