At all times the theme of motherly love reflected in artworks gave rise to the most profound feelings in people. Creations by great poets, artists and composers dedicated to sublime love theme embodied unity of loﬅy and eternal good. “Ave Maria, gratia plena” - according to the Gospel of Luke, Archangel Gabriel greets Maria saying these words and announces the Immaculate Conception to her. Catholic hymn setting this text was canonized at the middle of the XVI century. During following centuries many composers turned to this text and created vocal compositions in their own styles and in accordance with traditions of the epoch. The best ones will be presented at the concert.
Requiem by Mozart is one of the greatest creations of human spirit. Despite canonical text Requiem by Mozart is far from liturgical worship. With the figures of musical expression Mozart represents the deepest world of human feelings – commotion of the spirits, pacific peace, elevating sorrow. The whole composition is penetrated with high humanism, passionate love to a human being, warm sympathy for his sufferings.
Honoured Artist of Russia Elvira Hokhlova (soprano) – soloist of “Novaya Opera” Moscow Theatre. The singer’s repertoire includes parts of Violetta (Traviata by Verdi), Gilda (Rigoletto, by Verdi), Jeanne (Jeanne D’Arc by Verdi), Louise (Louise Miller by Verdi), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti), Donna Anna (Don Juan by Mozart), Olga (Rusalka, by Dargomyzhsky), etc. Cantata-oratorial compositions are a big part of the singer’s creative work. The singer took part in foreign performances: Iolanta (Monte-Carlo Theatre, 2001), Norma, Players, Lucia di Lammermoor (Germany, Ulm and Dusseldorf, 2003 – 2006), Rigoletto (II Opera Festival La Palma, Spain, 2005), etc.
People’s Artist of Russia Irina Dolzhenko – soloist of State Academic Bolshoy Theatre of Russia. Undertook in-depth training in Italy (tutors – Mietta Sigele and Giorgo Lucetti) and in France (tutor – Regine Crespin). In 1995 made her debut at the Bolshoy Theatre performing the part of Cherubino. She was the first singer of the Bolshoy Theatre who performed the part of Preziosilla in The Force of Destiny by G. Verdi (2001, staged by San-Carlo Neapolitan Theatre) and the part of Princess de Bouillon in Adrienne Lecouvreur by F. Cilea (2002, staged by La Scala Theatre). The singer’s repertoire includes parts of Amneris (Aida by Verdi), Laura (Iolanta by Tchaikovsky), Azucena (The Troubadour by Verdi), Lel (The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov), Marina Mniszech (Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky), Olga (Evgeni Onegin by Tchaikovsky), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov), Marfa (Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky), etc. She also sings mezzo-soprano parts in Requiem by W.A.Mozart, G.Verdi, Stabat Mater by A.Dvorak, G.Pergolesi, A.Vivaldi, Gloria by A.Vivaldi, The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz, cantata Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev, the Ninth Symphony by Beethoven, etc.