When Mozart married Constanze in 1782, he again embarked on the composition of a religious work: a great mass in C minor. He was to perform this in Salzburg on presenting Constanze to his family. Constanze was also to perform the soprano solo in the aria Et incarnates est. For unknown reasons Mozart never completed the mass, although some sections of it were performed in Salzburg. Was this due to the reforms in church music production? Or did Mozart lose his motivation following the death of his first son? Despite the fragmentary nature of the score, Mozart’s Great Mass remains one of the greatest masses ever written.
Olivia Vermeulen will replace Lucia Cirillo in this concert.
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen studied singing at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Julie Kaufmann. She took master classes with Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Scholl, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and René Jacobs, among others. She has appeared on the boards of important opera houses like the Opéra National de Paris, the Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin and the Nationale Opera Amsterdam in important roles like Turno/L'Amor Vien dal Destino, Donna Elvira/ Don Giovanni and Cain/Il primo omidcidio. She is also a much sought-after concert singer. She has won several prizes for her recording of Mozart's Grosse Messe with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan.
Grosse Messe in c-moll, KV 427