Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri

Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri is an Italian vocal and instrumental ensemble, which specialises in the sacred repertoire of the 18th century. Founded in 2003 by their conductor, Giulio Prandi, they have performed in prestigious European concert halls and at major international festivals including the BOZAR Music in Brussels, the Internationale Handel-Festspiele in Göttingen, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Ambronay Festival, the Auditorium Orchestre National de Lyon, The Arsenal in Metz, the Besançon Festival, the La Chaise-Dieu Festival, the Rouen Opera, the Royaumont Foundation, the Oude Muziek Utrecht, the De Singel in Antwerp, the AMUZ in Antwerp, MAfestival in Bruges, the MITO Settembre Musica, the Stresa Festival, the Festival Monteverdi in Cremona and the Festival Pergolesi-Spontini in Jesi. zugänglich macht. 

In 2018, they celebrated their 15th anniversary debuting at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In addition to that, in 2018 and 2019 Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri was and will be featured in concerts in Italy, Malta, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Norway and Spain.

After their debut album for Amadeus, they produced a series of CDs for Sony – Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. In 2018, a new album devoted to Pergolesi was published for Arcana (Outhere) with the rare Mass in D Major and the hitherto unrecorded Mottettone Dignas laudes resonemus. In October 2021, a recording of Rossini’s “La petite messe sollelle” was released, based on the new critical edition of the Rossini Foundation of Pesaro, which is used for the first time ever for a recording
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri is the resident ensemble of the historic Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia, where their artistic development is pursued through rehearsal constantly accompanied by research. Since 2017, this research has been supported by a scientific committee established in partnership with the Musicology and Cultural Heritage Department of the University of Pavia.

Prandi absolvierte sein Dirigierstudium bei Donato Renzetti und machte zusätzlich Diplome in Gesang und Giulio Prandi is an Italian conductor, who specialises in the vocal and sacred repertoire of the 18th century. He is the artistic and musical director of Ghislierimusica at the Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia, founded and conducts the Ghislieri Choir & Consort, with whom he performed at many international concert venues and made numerous recordings. He also is always involved in the popularisation of early music in his area, particularly by following the activities of the University Choir of Collegio Ghislieri. Since 2017, he has taught choral singing at the Conservatorio F. Vittadini in Pavia. In 2017 and 2018, he held a workshop on the Italian sacred vocal repertoire of the 18th century at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan.



„… un l’incisione che segna un punto fermo nella discografia rossiniana.”

Musica, November 2021

„… la brillante performance del Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri è stata accolta entusiasticamente anche in casa.“

Il giornale della musica, 31st January 2018

„Prandi produces admirably direct and strongly characterized performances, with alert and polished playing from the period-instrument orchestra. The choir is also excellent, with words to the fore and a pure blended sound but with plenty of energy and virtuosity where required.”

Peter Holman, Early Music (Oxford University Press, Februar 2017)


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A. Vivaldi:
Dixit Dominus RV 807
Confitebor tibi Domine RV 596
Magnificat RV 610
and other works

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Christmas in Napels
with Giulio Prandi, direction // Coro e Schola Gregoriana Ghislieri // Marie Lys, soprano

Part I: The Mother
F. Durante: Magnificat for choir, strings and b.c.
N. Jommelli: Veni Sponsa Christi for soprano, strings and b.c. D. Perez: Salve Regina for soprano, strings and b.c.

Part II: The Son
F. Durante: Nunc dimittis for 5 singers, strings and b.c.
A. Scarlatti: O di Betlemme altera for soprano, strings and b.c. F. Durante: Messa in Pastorale for choir, strings and b.c.

Coro Orchestra Ghislieri © Peter Kers

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Gioachino Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Giulio Prandi, Leitung / Coro Ghisleri / Sandrine Piau, Sopran / Maria Lo Monaco, Alt / Edgardo Rocha, Tenor / Christian Senn, Bass / Francesco Corti und Andrea Buccarella, Klavier / Daniel Perer, Harmonium

Sandrine Piau © Sandrine Expilly



13 November 2018, Kammermusiksaal Berlin
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri / Giulio Prandi, conductor / Marlies Petersen, soprano

J. Haydn: Missa brevis sancti Joannis de Deo B-Dur Hob. XXII:7 „Kleine Orgelmesse“ / W.A. Mozart: Vesperae solennes de Confessore in C major K 339 / G. B. Pergolesi Messa in D major

Marlis Petersen © Yiorgos Mavropoulos

Vox Luminis

Vox Luminis was established almost 20 years ago; today, the ensemble uses its sparkling traits to enhance the world of early music! The push was made in 2004 by Lionel Meunier – bass and founding base of Vox Luminis. The objective is to gain access to the Light through the Voice. Every year, the ensemble releases on average two discs and offers its audience more than 60 concerts on Belgian, European and international stages.

They define themselves as a group of soloists with a variable combination (with a base from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague) and of a continuo, additional instrumentalists or a full orchestra, depending on the repertoire. The repertoire is essentially Italian, English and German and spans the 16th through the 18th centuries. Since its creation, the ensemble has been noted for its cohesion and it charms with the personality of every timbre and the homogeneity of the voices.

The year 2018 was marked by two awards: first, Vox Luminis won the famous BBC Music Magazine AWARD 2018 in the category “Choral Award Winner” for their recording Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, following the disc Luther et la Musique de la Réforme. Second, KLARA named them “Ensemble of the Year”.

Today, Lionel Meunier has established himself as the internationally well-known conductor and artistic director of the Vox Luminis ensemble, which he created in 2004.

The ensemble is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the City of Namur and Namur Confluent Culture and the Art and Life Tours (a funding program for concerts in Wallonia).



„In the middle of all these sits the Biber, given out with typical care for expressive beauty by Vox Luminis.“

Gramophone, 04.02.2021

„… and the result is another deeply musical triumph.“

The Guardian, 30.06.2019

“Director Lionel Meunier is the real star, with a soaring vision of Purcell’s music in a class of its own.”

BBC Music Magazine


September, 1st – 7th of October 2023

Rappresentatione di Anima di Corpo
Lionel Meunier, Bass & Leitung // Stefanie True, Sopran // Raffaele Giordani, Tenor // Emilie Lauwers, Bühnenbild

E. da Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo

Vox Luminis & Emilie Lauwers - Credits: Emilie Lauwers

Vox Luminis & Emilie Lauwers - Credits: Emilie Lauwers

March 2024 upon request
St Matthew’s Passion (Sebastiani)

J. Sebastiani: St Matthew’s Passion
A. Steffani: Stabat Mater

From the 4th of April 2024

20 Years of Vox Luminis: Easter Oratorio

J.S. Bach: Easter- Oratorio BWV 249
J.D. Zelenka: Missa Paschalis ZWV 7