Great joy at the Misteria Paschalia Festival

Thursday 14 February 2019

After Holy Week, focused on the music of anticipation and reverie, the festival will welcome Easter, bringing sounds full of bright colours and joy. On Easter Monday, at the end of the festival, we invite you to ICE Kraków (6:00 pm) for a concert Festa Napoletana, where this year’s resident artistic director, Antonio Florio will lead his ensemble Cappella Neapolitana and outstanding Italian artists Roberta Invernizzi (soprano) and Pino De Vittorio (tenor).


Festival Misteria Paschalia 2019 includes two streams of programming, the first of which – Vanità (“vanity”) – is devoted to the events of the Passion, reflecting on the Passion of Christ and waiting for the Resurrection. The name of the second stream – Sensibilità – means sensuality, emotionality and intimacy, both in contact with God and in contemplation of abstract instrumental music, which can lead to the sublime. There is, however, a concert that escapes categorisation – it is the closing event of this year’s festival, which, for a change can be described in another Italian word: gioia, or simply “joy”.


Festa Napoletana – a Neapolitan holiday that could have been taken straight off the streets of the capital of Campania at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries – this is the title of the concert, which will take place on Easter Monday, 22 April at 6:00 pm in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. The feste were a frequent phenomenon in Naples, near and dear to its inhabitants, since by means of comic, mostly musical scenes, they depicted their everyday, colourful life. Life, which was, let us add, diverse – already at the beginning of the 17th century, the city had almost 400,000 inhabitants – its location and a kaleidoscope of governments only in the first half of the second millennium (free city, Normans, the House of Anjou, the Aragonese, the Spanish...) made the cultural melting pot visible to this day in culture.


To this day, Naples is an unbridled and diverse city. We can therefore expect that the artists – soprano Roberta Invernizzi, tenor Pino De Vittorio and Cappella Neapolitana, directed by Antonio Florio – will show that they are the heirs of his comic-musical tradition. Perhaps there will be only one difference – the Neapolitan feste ended with feasts, while the Misteria Paschalia Festival will provide an aesthetic feast, which will be guaranteed by the best composers active in the city at that time: Francesco Provenzale, Michel Angiolo Faggioli, Giovanni Paisiello and Leonardo Vinci.