Petite messe solennelle

Sunday, 11 October 20:00 GMT+1

Rossini’s final composition before his death, and one of the finest examples of a solemn mass, Petite messe solennelle is considered one of the most remarkable compositions of his entire career, demonstrated by his use of beautiful, memorable melodies and rhythmic vitality. This performance is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capturing the glorious acoustics of the National Opera House, Rossini’s magnificent piece will be performed in its original version from the stage with two pianos, harmonium, four soloists and chorus. 

Conductor - Kenneth Montgomery 

First Pianist - Finghin Collins

Second Pianist - Carmen Santoro

Harmonium - Andrew Synnott

Soprano - Claudia Boyle 

Mezzo – Tara Erraught 

Tenor – Pietro Adaíni

Bass - John Molloy 

12 Cherubs - Wexford Factory Ensemble

Creative Team

Kenneth Montgomery

Northern Ireland

Previously at WFO: Conductor (L’ajo nell’imbarazzo, 1973; Oberon, 1972; Il re pastore, 1971 ).

Previous Engagements: Conductor (Carmen, Bizet, Irish National Opera; Don Giovanni, Mozart, Orchestra of the 18th Century; St Matthew Passion, Bach, Orchestre de Lyon).

Forthcoming Engagements: Conductor (Symphony 9, Beethoven, Galway Festival; Symphony 5, Beethoven, Royal Conservatory – The Hague; Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Orchestra of the 18th Century).

First Pianist
Finghin Collins


Previously at WFO: Solo recital at the National Opera House, 2017.

Previous Engagements: Pianist / Artistic Director (Solo Recital, Beethoven, New Ross Piano Festival), Pianist (Solo Recital, Beethoven, Clifden Arts Festival).

Forthcoming Engagements: Pianist (Piano Recital, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire), Pianist (Ros Tapestry Suite world premiere, 15 contemporary Irish composers, Crescent Festival, Wexford), Pianist (Chamber Music concerts at National Concert Hall, Beethoven and Mozart, Irish Baroque Orchestras).

Second Pianist
Carmen Santoro


Previous Engagements: Musical Assistant for Maestro Fabio Luisi (Nabucco, Verdi, Opernhaus Zürich), Assistant Conductor for Maestro Daniele Rustioni (Guillaume Tell, Rossini, Opéra National de Lyon), Artistic Director and Head of Opera Studio (Francesca da Rimini, Mercadante, Belcanto Opera Festival in Japan).

Forthcoming Engagements: Assistant Conductor for Maestro Paolo Carignani (La traviata, Verdi, Grand Théâtre de Genève), Musical Assistant (Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Lithuanian National Opera), Guest Professor (Royal College of Music – London).

Andrew Synnott


Previous Engagements: Composer (La cucina, 2019 Wexford Festival Opera; Dubliners ShortWork, 2017 Wexford Festival Opera).


Claudia Boyle


Previously at WFO: Elena (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, 2013), Célimène (La Cour de Célimène, 2011).

Previous Engagements: Alice (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Gerald Barry, Royal Opera House), Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Oslo Opera), Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffman, Offenbach, Irish National Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart, Minnesota Opera / Irish National Opera).

Tara Erraught
Pietro Adaíni


Previous Engagements: Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti, Arena di Verona), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Opera Lombardia), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Bolshoi Theatre).

Forthcoming Engagements: Camille (La vedova allegra, Lehár, Teatro Carlo Felice – Genoa), Conte di Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims, Rossini, Bolshoi Theatre).

John Molloy