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Da Ponte's Oratorio: A Concert for New York

Maestro Donato Renzetti conducts the orchestra during the Oratorio
Courtesy of Jon Nelson / Provenance Productions
Maestro Donato Renzetti conducts the orchestra during the Oratorio.

Premieres Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at 10 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

“Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert For New York” presents Italian opera company Teatro Lirico di Cagliari performing the restaged concert, lost to history for almost 200 years. Through the meticulous research of Basilica Music Director Lamenzo and Italian musicologist Zimei, the program recreates as closely as possible what was heard in 1826. The 2018 concert features the music of Cimarosa and Zingarelli along with that of Haydn, Handel and Arne. Maestro Donato Renzetti conducts, with performances by sopranos Francesca Dotto and Salome Jicia, tenor Patrick Kabongo, and baritones Pier Luigi Dilengite and Daniele Terenzi.

Da Ponte's Oratorio: A Concert For New York: Trailer

This program premieres after the 9 p.m. broadcast of "The Oratorio: A Documentary with Martin Scorsese" on KPBS 2.

Francesca Dotto performs a solo in the Oratorio
Courtesy of Jon Nelson / Provenance Productions
Francesca Dotto performs a solo in the Oratorio.

Watch On Your Schedule:

"The Oratorio: A Documentary With Martin Scorsese" and "Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert For New York" will become available on demand simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.

Patrick Kabongo performs a solo in the Oratorio
Courtesy of Jon Nelson / Provenance Productions
Patrick Kabongo performs a solo in the Oratorio.

Credits:

Produced by Provenance Productions, written and directed by Alex Bayer, Jonathan Mann and Mary Anne Rothberg. Rothberg and Mann are also the producers. Alex Bayer is the editor.