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Participation in Operas and Concerts

In recent years the choir has appeared at major music festivals (including the Salzburg Festspiele, Vienna Festwochen, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence), and it works regularly with top orchestras (such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra ...) and conductors (including Franz Welser-Möst, René Jacobs, Ingo Metzmacher and others).

…absolutely excellent: the three St. Florian Choir Boys who, in the tricky Fugato with Pamina, melted together with her vocally in the highest tonal homogeneity.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (on the “Three Boys” in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Vienna Volksoper)

Aside from classic roles for Boys’ Choir soloists such as the “Three Boys” in Mozart’s Magic Flute, “Miles” in Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” or “Oberto” in Händel’s “Alcina”, there are also many grand opera roles (Boheme, Boris Godunov, Tosca, Carmen, The Evangelist …) which can be sung by St. Florian Choir Boys.

The same is true regarding participation by soloists and choir boys in the concert hall. Whether it involves choir boys in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”, Britten’s “War Requiem”, Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and “Mass”, Mahler’s 3rd and 8th symphonies, or many other works – the soloists and choir always take on these roles with great pleasure.

Boys' Choir repertoire for participation in opera productions (partial)

  • Alban Berg | Wozzeck
  • Ferdinando Bertoni | Orfeo ed Euridice (Imeneo)
  • Georges Bizet | Carmen (Chor)
  • Arrigo Boito | Mefistofele (Kinderchor)
  • Benjamin Britten | The burning fierey furnance | The prodigal son | The turn of the screw (Miles)
  • Claude Debussy | Pelleas et Melisande (Yniold)
  • Georg Friedrich Händel | Alcina (Oberto)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck | Hänsel und Gretel (Chor)
  • Leos Janacek | Das schlaue Füchslein (Knabenrollen)
  • Klaus Lang | Zum Fleisch
  • Gian Carlo Menotti | Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher (Amahl)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Die Zauberflöte (Drei Knaben) | Apollo et Hyazinthus (Hyacinthus, Zephir)
  • Modest Mussorgsky | Boris Godunow (Chor)
  • Olga Neuwirth | Bählamms Fest (Kleines Mädchen, Fledermaus, Spinne)
  • Giacomo Puccini | Tosca (Hirte) | La Bohème (Kinderchor)
  • Wolfang Rihm| Jakob Lenz (Zwei Kinder)
  • Johann Strauss | Die Fledermaus (Prinz Orlowsky)
  • Richard Wagner | Tannhäuser (Hirtenknabe) | Parsifal (Chor, Knappen)

Boys' Choir repertoire for participation in concerts (partial)

  • Johann Sebastian Bach | Matthäus-Passion | Johannes-Passion | Weihnachtsoratorium
  • Bach – Pergolesi | 51. Psalm
  • Leonard Bernstein | Chichester Psalms | Mass
  • Benjamin Britten | War Requiem
  • Anton Bruckner | Requiem | Messen in d-Moll, e-Moll, f-Moll
  • Joseph Haydn | Die Zehn Gebot der Kunst | Messen, u.a. Nikolaimesse und Paukenmesse
  • Michael Haydn | Leopoldi-Messe | Aloysius-Messe
  • Arthur Honegger | Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher
  • Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter | Messen
  • Gustav Mahler | Symphonie Nr. 3 | Symphonie Nr. 8
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy | Sommernachtstraum | Elias (Solo-Knabe Engelterzett)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Messen, z.B. Krönungsmesse
  • Carl Orff | Weihnachtsspiel
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi | Stabat Mater
  • Franz Schubert | Messen, z.B. Es-Dur, G-Dur, Deutsche Messe
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber | Requiem