Sacred Arias for Easter

Sacred Arias for Easter

The highly successful lunchtime concerts at the Oratory of St. Francis Church will feature bass Anthony Montebello on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 12:30pm.  The programme will reflect the meditative and spiritual Holy Week which will culminate in the celebration of Easter.


Anthony Montebello will be singing contemplative and sacred arias. The recital affords a unique opportunity to experience the way in which the story of Christs passion and resurrection have been entered into and interpreted in music. The programme will include Puccinis Crucifixus from Messa in Gloria; Verdis Confutatis from his famous Requiem and Mendelssohns Lord God of Abraham from Elijah.  The sacred programme will continue with Georg Friedrich Handels For behold darkness shall cover the Earth (recit); The people that walked in darkness from The Messiah and My Father look upon my Anguish from The Passion, among other sacred arias. 


Anthony Montebello studied the technique of singing with Bulgarian Professors Blagovesta Karnobatlova Dodreva and Maestra Elena Mindisova. He has won high critical and vocal acclaim for many Operatic roles he has interpreted including Colonnello Lorenzi in I Martiri, Don Alfonso(Cosi fan Tutte), Il GrandeSacredote (Nabucco), Monterone (Rigoletto), Lodovico (Otello), Zuniga (Carmen),Timur (Turandot), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Angelotti (Tosca), Il Re dEgitto (Aida), Sparafucile(Rigoletto),Geronte di Ravior (Manon Lescaut), Norton (Cambiale di Mattrimonio) and The Maltese Cross.


Anthony has sang the premier performances of San Gorg FDemmna, Mid-Dnub ghal Qdusija, Maria Immakulata and Canta VirgoTriuphans by Rev John Galea, Sultana tal-Vittorji and Salve Regina by Carmelo Pace, Stabat Mater by Carlo Diacono, Oratorio Petru u Pawlu, Requiem and Sermo Montanus by Joseph Sammut, L-Ghanja tal-Konvoj ta Santa Maria by Emanuel Spagnol,  Kantata Ave Maria Regina et Mater by Ray Sciberras and Filippu tAggira by Joseph Vella.


His Concerts performances includes; Mozarts Requiem, Handles Messiah, Rossinis Stabat Mater, Puccinis Messa di Gloria, Haydns Missa in Tempore Belli and Kleine Orgel Messe, Gounods Messe Solenne Saint Cecile, Charles Camilleris Oratorio Pawlu ta Malta,  Carlo Diaconos Oratorio Frate Sole, Benignio Zerafas Manificat and Te Deum Laudamus, Francesco Azopardis Messa Grande in Fa and Antonio Nanis Messa da Requiem.


He also took part in the recording of several Cds, namely  Pawlu ta Malta of Charles Camilleri, Anthology of Maltese Music, Ave Maria Regina et Mater by Ray Sciberras, L- Ghanja tal-Konvoj ta Santa Maria by Emanuel Spagnol,  Missa de Requiem No3, San Paolo Evangelizza I Maltesi and Festa Antiphons by Carlo Diacono, 5 Cds of Sacred Music by Maltese Composers from the 18th to 20th Century, Messa Solenne by Pietro Paolo Bugeja, Messa Grande by Giuseppe Spiteri Fremond, Le Sette Parole by Antonio Miruzzi and Messa in onore di S, Paolo Naufrago by Antonio Nani. Anthony Montebello also sang Music by Maltese Composers in Vienna and Salzburg in Austria.

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 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: