On Sunday, November 8 at 3PM, International Opera Theater (IOT), with nine of their young sopranos from the Philadelphia area and one professional Italian soprano, will present a tribute to Hildegard VonBingen as a child entitled, “Hildegard VonBingen: Bambina Mistica” (child mystic).
This American premiere performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Our Lady of Angels Chapel, where The Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia pray daily for the needs of the world. The address is 609 South Convent Rd. in Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014, 610- 459- 4125.
“Hildegard vonBingen: Bambina Mistica”, with original libretto written by Karen Lauria Saillant, based on the writings of Hildegard regarding her childhood, has music by Hildegard, as well as renowned Sardinian sacred music composer, Mariano Garau, had its world premiere in Italy in August of 2015, when the girls and their families traveled there to be part of Assisi Suono Sacro Festival.
Singing the role of Hildegard Bambina (Hildegard as a child when she first went to live with Jutta to prepare to become a nun) is 10 year old Isabella Moitoso. Hildegard’s 14 year old teacher, Jutta Von Sponheim, is portrayed by 17 year old Mary Tresvalles who also accompanies the cantata on harp.
Singing the roles of seven of the sixteen Virtues named by Hildegard are seven young sopranos from the Philadelphia area: Mary Consoli as Humility, Charlotte Croquette as Celestial Love, Lia Della Porta as Faith, Margaret Friedman as Patience, Emma Giancola as Knowledge of God, Maura Koob as Hope and Elizabeth McKenzie as Mercy and The Nurse of Hildegard Child. Professional Italian soprano will come from Italy to portray Hildegard as an Adult.
The cantata is under the musical and stage direction of Karen Lauria Saillant.