The early-music Phoenix Ensemble, directed by Myrna Herzog, performs Nabucco by newly discovered Italian composer Michelangelo Falvetti (1642-92). This production premiered with great success at the Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival during Succot. Of Falvetti’s many works, which include masses, vespers, psalms, and motets, only two big oratorios have survived: Il Diluvio Universale (premiered by Phoenix a year ago) and Il Nabucco.
“Little is known about Michelangelo Falvetti,” says Herzog. “Born in Calabria, he went to work in Sicily, where he was considered a great virtuoso and occupied the prestigious post of chapel master in the cathedrals of Palermo and Messina successively.”