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Carmina Burana goes inclusive and international in Barcelona

Around 450 singers from around the country join the Orfeó Català choral society and director Simon Halsey to perform historic Carmina Burana cantata


12 February 2018 01:01 PM


ACN | Barcelona

The name might not ring a bell, but most would recognize the melody from Carmina Burana, the Latin cantata composed in the mid ‘30s by Carl Orff. And on February 11, these songs based on medieval poems were performed in the renowned Barcelona modernist concert hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana, in an especially participative – and international – performance.  

Director of the London Symphony Corus Simon Halsey led the cantata, interpreted by the Orfeó Català choral society along with around 450 singers from around Catalonia. The singers carried out the famous ‘Fortuna imperatrix mundi’ accompanied by the Barcelona Percussion group, pianists Josep Buforn and Josep Surinyac and soloists Serena Sáenz Molinero, Beñat Egiarte, and Toni Marsol.


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  • The Orfeó Català choral society, director Simon Halsey, and singers performing Carmina Burana at the Palau de la Música concert hall on February 11 2018 (by Jordi Bataller)