The Presidential Palace in Nicosia will open its gates on Wednesday for a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece Messa di Gloria, presented by the Cyprus Academy for Music.
After the academy’s success performing at Vienna’s prestigious Stephansdom, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Marseille, Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, and Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre in Limassol, Nicosia will now have the chance to enjoy the piece, which was first performed in 1880.
Maestro Yiannis Hadjiloizou will conduct the 60-member Orphean Singers Cyprus, 20 members of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Marseille opera tenor Jean Christophe Born, and Cypriot star baritone George Ioannou.
Messa di Gloria is a Mass composed for orchestra and four-part choir. Puccini composed the Mass as his graduation exercise from the Istituto Musicale Pacini. The composer never published the full manuscript of the Messa, and although it was well received at the time, it was not performed again until 1952.
Hadjiloizou, from Nicosia, received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Boston University. He has performed as a solo pianist, accompanist and a conductor all over Europe as well as in China and America, and since 2000 he has been the president and artistic director of the Cyprus Academy of Music.
The concert will be held under the auspices of first lady Andri Anastasiadou and the net proceeds will be donated to Cyprus Red Cross.
Performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria
Performance presented by the Cyprus Academy of Music, lead by maestro Yiannis Hadjiloizou. April 20. Presidential Palace, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €20. Tel: 77-77040 Tickets www.tickethour.com.cy. Audience members will be asked to present their ID card before entering the Presidential palace.