In November 2023, Lincoln Pro Musica is honoured to be part of a very exciting project, bringing the music of Salieri to a live audience. Researcher Ellen Stokes from Huddersfield has spent four years researching and studying manuscripts as part of her PhD studies, and has reconstructed what she believes to be the complete ballet of Pafio e Mirra. It is this reconstructed edition that the orchestra will perform in their upcoming concert, on November 26th at Central Methodist Church in Lincoln. This will be the first complete performance of Pafio e Mirra in modern times.
The Salieri ballet was written for the opening night of La Scala in Milan in 1778. The ballet has long been believed to have survived only in a fragmentary form, with many scholars believing the complete score to have been lost. This has led to incomplete performances and recordings of the work, most notably a 2004 performance of Europa Riconosciuta at La Scala in Milan where a variety of Salieri’s potential ballet music was used in place of the true Pafio e Mirra score.
A link to Ellen's original work can be found here.