Petite Messe Solonel
Sunday July 23 4:00pm

Bel Canto at Caramoor presents Petite messe solennelle by Rossini

Bel Canto Young Artists, Rachelle Jonck

$20, $35, $50, $65 Garden Listening $10

Overview

The final concert celebrating Bel Canto at Caramoor features a choral gem from one of opera’s greatest composers. Rossini surprised the musical world by retiring from the theater when he was only 32; years of age; he surprised it again by emerging at more than twice that age to compose “the last mortal Sin of my Old Age,” his Petite messe solennelle (1864). Alternately jubilant and haunted, antique and modern, the mass contains some of the composer’s most beautiful and expressive music. Caramoor presents the piece in its original chamber instrumentation for two pianos and harmonium.

“Dear God, here it is finished, this poor little Mass. Little skill, but a bit of heart – there you have it. Be blessed, then, and grant me Heaven!” — Gioachino Rossini, from title page of the manuscript
Artists

Bel Canto Young Artists
Rachelle Jonck, conductor
Derrick Goff, piano
Timothy Cheung, piano
Lucy Tucker-Yates, organ

Getting to Caramoor

Catch the Caramoor Coach to and from Midtown Manhattan (single-ride and round-trip available), take the train (Metro-North Katonah Station, Harlem Line), or take a scenic drive and enjoy free parking – it’s easy to get here.

Taking the train? We’ll give you a lift! Free Metro-North Katonah Shuttle beginning at 2:00pm.

Garden Listening  Complimentary Garden Listening tickets for Members at the Family Level and above

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Caramoor Coach

Need a lift from the city? Book round-trip transportation from NYC on the Caramoor Coach, a luxury air-conditioned coach traveling from Grand Central to Caramoor’s front door and back. The coach boards on the west side of Lexington Avenue between 42nd & 43rd street at 12:00pm for Petite messe solennelle by Rossini.

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    Schedule

    2:00pm Church and Stage
    Though only Rossini’s and Verdi’s have become “standard repertory,” all Italian opera composers wrote beautiful music for the church as well. This program offers short gems by Cimarosa, Cherubini, Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi, as a prelude to Rossini’s final masterpiece.

    3:00pm Neither “Petite” nor “Solemn”
    Will Crutchfield introduces Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle

    Schedule

    2:00pm Church and Stage
    Though only Rossini’s and Verdi’s have become “standard repertory,” all Italian opera composers wrote beautiful music for the church as well. This program offers short gems by Cimarosa, Cherubini, Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi, as a prelude to Rossini’s final masterpiece.

    3:00pm Neither “Petite” nor “Solemn”
    Will Crutchfield introduces Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle

Bel Canto Young Artists

About a dozen young singers participate each year in six-to-eight weeks of intensive training in vocal technique and specialized study of the ornamentation that characterizes bel canto singing. Selected by Opera Director Will Crutchfield to participate in the mentoring program, the singers study the repertoire and participate in full scale rehearsals of the summer operas presented at Caramoor, act as understudies to the principal roles, are cast in some of the supporting opera roles, and perform in afternoon recitals that precede the opera performances.

Many graduates of our Bel Canto mentoring program have gone from the Caramoor stage to the world stage. We rely on the incredible support of opera enthusiasts to help these emerging opera stars receive priceless career encouragement.

 


Rachelle Jonck, conductor

Rachelle Jonck (Assistant Conductor, Head Coach and Chorus Master of Bel Canto at Caramoor) has been with Caramoor since 1998. A native of South Africa, she was the Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at the State Theater in Pretoria before her move to New York City.

Rachelle was awarded a FNB/Vita award for her contribution to opera in South Africa and in 1998 received the Nederburg Opera Prize – South Africa’s premier opera award. In New York City and Princeton (where she teaches at Westminster Choir College) she balances her love for opera and song literature. While her range of repertoire is wide, she has made a name for herself as a specialist Italian style coach — Handel, Mozart and the bel canto masters, including Verdi. She enjoys recital collaborations with her professional singers and younger students whenever her schedule permits.

She is a regular artist in residence at the Palm Beach Opera.

 


Derrick Goff

Derrick Goff, piano

Derrick Goff is a coach and conductor based in New York. Recent productions include Idomeneo and Don Pasquale with the Princeton Opera Alliance and Don Giovanni with Lawrence Opera Theatre in Kansas. During the 2016 Summer Music Season, Mr. Goff returned for a fifth summer to Bel Canto at Caramoor as pianist, coach, and chorusmaster for Aureliano in Palmira, and he lead a recital “The Intimate Rossini: Ensembles and Choruses,” featuring the Bel Canto Young Artists and Apprentices.

In addition to his work in opera, he is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh in Philadelphia. Mr. Goff studied organ and church music at Westminster Choir College, where he also completed a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.

 


Timothy Cheung, piano

Pianist Timothy Cheung currently serves as the Head Coach of the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, he regularly returns to the company to work as music staff and play with the COC orchestra. He has been previously engaged at the Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Cheung trained as a vocal coach and répétiteur at the University of Western Ontario, the Merola Opera Program, Music Academy of the West, the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop. This is his fourth season at the Caramoor Summer Music Season.

 


Lucy Tucker-Yates, organ

Lucy Tucker-Yates made her Italian debut as Violetta in La traviata in a new production directed by Franco Zeffirelli and conducted by Plácido Domingo. Gian Carlo Menotti immediately chose to direct her as Monica in The Medium in Spoleto, Italy.

Artists from Sir Christopher Hogwood to Carly Simon have sought out her “grace and sensitivity” at the harpsichord and piano. Opera companies now seek her linguistic expertise for coaching, translation, and supertitles. In 2014 she assistant-conducted Mo. Crutchfield’s Aureliano in Palmira at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. She is a master teacher for Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, diction coach for the New York City Opera, and a regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz.

She has taught Italian at Caramoor since 2004.