Well-Loved Sacred Arias

Well-Loved Sacred Arias

The successful weekly lunchtime concert series at the Oratory of St. Francis in Republic Street, Valletta will continue on Friday, 22nd January 2016 at 12:30pm. The regular performances present varied performers and musicians, offering sparkling and stimulating classical music on a weekly basis.

Charlene Portelli is a talented artist who has made a name for herself in Malta for her clear and beautiful soprano voice.  She will be giving a recital of sacred arias when she will be singing some of the worlds best-loved arias.

The performer will be singing the endearing Ave Maria as composed by Schubert, Caccini, Gounod and Cherubini as well as the baroque Handels O Mio Signore, Faure`s Pie Jesu, and F. Mendelssohns Oratorio Paulus Op. 36 Jerusalem, amongst others.

 Ms. Portelli will be accompanied by the pianist Julia Miller, a gifted accompanist who will also be performing some solo piano works such as J.S Bachs Gigue from English Suite No.2 in A minor.

 The venue, the baroque Oratory, was originally the friars refectory.  Over the years, it had been transformed into an oratory, hence it is beautifully adorned by magnificent baroque paintings, an elaborate gilded altarpiece and monks benches. The lunchtime concerts are a wonderful way to visit and enjoy the beautiful chapel. 

The events are fund raising events for the Franciscan Church, which is undergoing extensive structural restoration. Tickets for the lunchtime concerts, costing 8 euro, can be obtained from the venue itself half an hour before the concert begins. For more details phone 7968 0952 or email:




G.F Handel                                                             

O Mio Signor


F. Schubert

Ave Maria


G. Faure                                                                  

Pie Jesu


C. Gounod                                                                        

Ave Maria


J.S Bach

Bourree I and II


J.S Bach

Gigue from English Suite No.2 in A minor


F. Mendelssohn                                                      

Oratorio Paulus Op. 36 - Jerusalem


G. Caccini                                                               

Ave Maria


C. Franck                                                                

Panis Angelicus


L. Cherubini

Ave Maria


W.A Mozart