Conductor Manolo Cagnin will lead the boys in the program “Bella Italia,” featuring works by Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, and more.
Audiences and critics worldwide have praised the talented singers of the Vienna Boys Choir for their celestial voices, pure tone, irresistible charm, and above all a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries. With a rich history dating back more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with many of the world’s greatest composers, such as Mozart and Bruckner. Haydn and Schubert were themselves choristers. Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen from 31 nations, divided into four touring groups. Altogether, the four choirs give as many as 300 concerts and performances each year, reaching half a million people throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
The Vienna Boys Choir has a close association with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with members of the orchestra and the men of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir maintains the tradition of Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, still providing music for Sunday mass as they have done since 1498. In 2016, the choir participated for the sixth time in the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Mariss Jansons. Since their first audio recording in 1907, the Vienna Boys Choir has recorded over 300 singles, LPs, and CDs, the most recent of which is a hugely successful holiday album, Merry Christmas from Vienna (Deutsche Grammophon).