World Première Recordings
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Stabat mater (1831/32 Original Version)
With sections by Giovanni Tadolini
Orchestration by Antonino Fogliani
Majella Cullagh, Soprano
José Luis Sola, Tenor
Mirco Palazzi, Bass
Giovanna d’Arco
Orchestration by Marco Taralli
Marianna Pizzolato, Mezzo-soprano
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań
Tomasz Potkowski, Chorus-master
Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani
Listen to an excerpt from Stabat Mater
Rossini’s Stabat Mater is one of the staples of the sacred music repertoire but had a complicated history. He wrote it for performance in Madrid but, running short of time, enlisted the help of his friend Giovanni Tadolini. Rossini completed six pieces, Tadolini seven. Tadolini’s pieces now only exist as piano reductions but conductor Antonino Fogliani has orchestrated them to allow listeners to hear the original work for the first time since 1833. Marco Tarelli’s 2009 orchestration of Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), a cantata for solo voice, is also heard on this first recording.
Soloists | Ensembles | Antonino Fogliani
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh, Soprano

Born in Ireland, Majella Cullagh trained with Maeve Coughlan at the Cork School of Music and at the National Opera Studio in London, and now studies with Gerald Martin Moore. Her discography includes Wallace’s Maritana (8.660308-09) and Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony (8.553522) for Naxos, Rossini’s Le siège de Corinthe (8.660329-30), and Linda di Chamounix for Dynamic (CDS652).

Marianna Pizzolato
Marianna Pizzolato,

Marianna Pizzolato graduated with honours at the Bellini Conservatory in Palermo and attended Lieder classes in Nuremberg with Rosemarie Cabaud and Werner Dormann. She made her operatic début in 2002 singing the title rôle in Rossini’s Tancredi under the baton of Marco Zambelli, followed by Dorina in Cimarosa’s Il marito disperato in Caserta, conducted by Antonino Fogliani.

José Luis Sola
José Luis Sola, Tenor

José Luis Sola began his musical studies at the Escolanía Niños Cantores de Navarra, later studying with the tenor Ricardo Visus. Besides most of the standard symphonic and choral works, his repertoire includes operas by Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Bizet, Gounod, Offenbach, Bizet and El Juez by Christian Kolonovits.

Mirco Palazzi
Mirco Palazzi, Bass

The bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi was born in Rimini and studied at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. He made his début in the title rôle of Don Giovanni at Riva del Garda, followed by engagements that have taken him to opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe. At Rossini in Wildbad he sang in Il viaggio a Reims (8.660382-84) in 2014.

Camerata Bach Choir
The Camerata Bach Choir was founded in 2003 by Tomasz Potkowski in Poznań. The members are for the most part soloists from the Poznań Opera chorus and the Kraków Philharmonic. Its repertoire includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Since 2010 the choir has served as ensemble in residence for the Rossini in Wildbad Festival.
Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
The Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Reutlingen was established in 1945, developing into the leading orchestra in South Germany. Since 2008 the orchestra’s Principal Conductor has been the Swedish musician Ola Rudner. Recordings by the orchestra include Naxos releases from Rossini in Wildbad with Mayr's L'amor coniugale (8.660198-99), Meyerbeer's Semiramide (8.660205-06), Rossini’s L'occasione fa il ladro (8.660314-15), and La cambiale di matrimonio (8.660302).
Antonino Fogliani
Antonino Fogliani made his celebrated début at the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival in 2001 with Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, followed by various engagements in Pesaro and in leading opera houses, including La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, the San Carlo in Naples and the Opéra Comique in Paris, as well as the Bergamo Donizetti Festival. He made his début at Rossini in Wildbad in 2004, leading to a series of further performances and recordings. He was appointed musical director of Rossini in Wildbad in 2011.