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When: - 23/11/19

Tickets: €12

Duration: 80’

About the event:

Viva Vivaldi! Arie | Concerti | Gloria

More about the event:

Performed by

The Commandaria Orchestra and The Orphean Singers Cyprus (Mixed Chorus)

Under the baton of

Francis Guy

Artistic Director / Conductor


Soloists Vasiliki Konstanti (Soprano)

and Nicoletta Ierides (Mezzo-Soprano)


Friday, 22 November, 2019

Markideio Municipal Theatre, Paphos

| Starts at 20:00 | Ticket: €12


Friday, 23 November, 2019

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Nicosia

| Starts at 20:00 | Ticket: €12 from


The event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Paphos


The Commandaria Orchestra and The Orphean Singers Cyprus (Mixed Chorus), under the baton of their artistic Director and Conductor Francis Guy, present a concert of the liturgical and secular classical hits of Antonio Vivaldi, colloquially known as the “RED Priest” because of his bright ginger hair!

The concert features well-known instrumental music by Vivaldi, with arias from his oratorio Juditha Triumphans and including his popular “Gloria” which is set for solo female voices, mixed choir and orchestra.


Francis Guy | Artistic Director - Conductor

Dr. Francis Guy is a dynamic conductor and musicologist with notable concert activity and publications. His repertoire and research field is focused on western and South-Eastern European medieval and contemporary music.

He has conducted number of concerts in Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Poland and Russia. He is the artistic Director and Conductor of The Commandaria Orchestra and Orphean Singers Cyprus


Orphean Singers Cyprus

No strangers to the Cyprus audiences, the Orphean Singers Cyprus have performed the Vivaldi “Gloria” on several occasions since its establishment in 1991.  The choir has performed great choral works, not just in Cyprus, but in several European cities – Pucccini Messa di Gloria in Vienna, and also in Marseille and Paris, Karl Jenkins’s The Peacemakers in Patras University (Greece), Faure Requiem, Poulenc Glora and most recently Mozart  Requiem in the Megaron Theatre, Athens and many others. Each performance has been enthusiastically acclaimed as a triumph for the musicians, singers and conductors.


Τhe Commandaria Orchestra

The Commandaria Orchestra was established in 2009 by The Cyprus Wine Museum and this concert season celebrates its tenth anniversary.

The appellation of the Orchestra directly references to the region where the Orchestra and The Cyprus Wine Museum are based, the Great Commandery of Cyprus (Kolossi Castle) which was founded by the Order of Saint John. Commandaria is also the unique sweet wine of Cyprus and one of the oldest wines in the world that Hesiod and Homer extolled.

The Commandaria Orchestra’s main target is the implementation of the visions of The Cyprus Wine Museum, including the spread of the musical culture of Cyprus. The rich repertoire of the orchestra includes masterpieces from the medieval ages until the present time. Number of premier compositions where performed and recorded, many of them dedicated to the orchestra.  Their artistic Director and Conductors is maestro Francis Guy.


Viva Vivaldi!

This concert promises to be an exciting and uplifting evening, guaranteed to fulfill the expectations of all discerning music-lovers. The event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Paphos. As with all the Orphean Singers concerts, profits from ticket sales will be donated to charity, in this instance the Friends Hospice, Paphos.

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