James MacMillan’s Stabat mater receives North American premiere

8 November 2019

On 7 November 2019, James MacMillan’s Stabat mater received its North American premiere in the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.

This Genesis Foundation commission, a profound and deeply moving rendering of the Stabat mater text which evokes a mother’s anguish, was performed by the work’s dedicatees Harry Christophers and The Sixteen who were joined by Britten Sinfonia. The programme also featured the North American premiere of MacMillan’s haunting Miserere. 

The Stabat mater received its world premiere in October 2016 at the Barbican and its historic Vatican premiere in April 2018 – the first-ever concert to be live-streamed from the Sistine Chapel, reaching millions of people around the world. A recording of the work was subsequently issued and received great acclaim, including many 5 star reviews.

Click here to watch the video recording of the performance in the Sistine Chapel.

Click here for Opera Wire’s interview with Harry Christophers ahead of the performance.

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Premiere of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater | 12 October 2016


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