Petite Messe Solennelle - Rossini - Paris Choral Society

Thursday June 8, 2023 @ 20h00
Presented by the Paris Choral Society in the American Cathedral (with pianos & harmonium)

Conductor: Laurence Temime

Soloists: Juliana Sula (Soprano), Analia Telega (Contralto), Zhang Ping (Tenor) and Alex York (Bass)

Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (little solemn mass) was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The  composer, who had retired from composing operas more than 30 years before, described it as “the last of my péchés de vieillesse” (sins of old age).

The mass is structured in several extended movements in the tradition of the missa solemnis, but the composer labeled it “petite” with a grain of irony. He wrote on the last page of the manuscript: “Dear Lord, here it is finished, this poor little mass. Have I just written sacred music, or rather, sacrilegious music? I was born for opera buffa, as you well know. Not much technique, a little bit of heart, that’s all. Blessings to you and grant me Paradise.”

Tickets on the door will be 25 euros.



The work will be performed as originally scored with piano and accordion.


  • Thursday 08 June at 8pm
  • Saturday 10 June at 6pm