Rossini Fireworks!

05 Jun 2018 7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

Rossini Fireworks!

A concert of sparkling vocal displays

John Andrews
Luciano Botelho
Catherine Carby
John-Colyn Gyeantey
Gillian Ramm
Elena Xanthoudakis





A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.

“I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style – but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.”


Sung in Italian and French with English surtitles
Running time: approx. 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)

Concert Programme
Act 1, Overture

Maometto II
Act 2, Trio: “In questi estremi istanti”
Act 1: Preghiera (“Giusto cielo”) and Scena (“Ahi, padre!”)
Act 2, Aria: “Non temer: d’un basso affetto”

Act 2: Gran scena

Act 2, Duet: “Ah vieni, nel tuo sangue”
Act 3, Aria: “The Willow Song”

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra
Act 2, Scene: “Della cieca fortuna”, to “Deh! Scusa i trasporti”
Act 2, Aria: “Dov’è Matilde”

La donna del lago
Act 1, Cavatina: “Mura felici”

Guillaume Tell
Act 1: Chorus of Villagers
Act 2, Aria: “Sombre forêt”
Act 3, Finale: “Sois immobile”


Buy tickets Ticket Price: From £16.2 GBP

Newsletter Signup

Subscribe to our mailing list


Latest Tweets

The CCC Online

Join Us

Rehearsals are Tuesday 7pm till 9.15pm during term time in the Westlands Methodist Church, Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

Before your audition, come and join us and try us out!

More Information

The Ceramic City Choir

Founded in 1942 under the conductorship of Sir Malcolm Sargent, we specialise in performing major choral works with renowned professional orchestras and top vocal soloists.  

Distinguished guest conductors over the last 20 years have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Edward Heath, Owain Arwel Hughes, Donald Hunt, Richard Hickox, Ian Tracey and Sir David Willcocks.  

The superb Victoria Hall (Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent) is our principal concert venue.

President: Angela Tams

Chairman: Geoff Hall

Chorus Master & Musical Director: Anthony T. Rose