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Bach Festival - Accademia de' Dissonanti

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The Italian contralto Sonia Prina made her debut at La Scala in 1998, at the age of 23, in the role of Rosina alongside a young Juan Diego Florez. Recognized for her deep and agile voice, she quickly turned to the Baroque repertoire. Particularly appreciative of Handel’s work, she has embodied several emblematic characters of his operas such as Bradamante (Alcina), Polinesso (Ariodante), Bertarido (Rodelinda) and the title role in Giulio Cesare. Equally at home in the Romantic and Post-Romantic repertoire, she has distinguished herself in the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff.

The Accademia de’ Dissonanti, founded in 2020 by cellist and gambist Elinor Frey, is both an instrumental ensemble and an artistic institution. It presents concerts, educational activities, and publications focused on historically informed performance and research-creation.

Tuesday November 28, 2023 at 07:30 pm


Sonia Prina, contralto

Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord, organ and direction
Alexander Read, violin I leader
Olivier Brault, violin I
Julie Rivest, violin II leader
Jessy Dubé, violin II
Valérie Arsenault, viola
Elinor Frey, cello
Shanti Nachtergaele, contrabass
Mary Chalk, bassoon


Concerto for strings in D minor, RV 127
Stabat Mater, RV 621
PERGOLESI Salve Regina in C minor
Georg MUFFAT Sonata No. 5 in G major “Armonico Tributo” (excerpts)
VIVALDI In Furore iustissimae irae, RV 626
J.S. BACH Cantata Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54

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