GLORIA! X3 – Poulenc, Rutter & Puccini

with the Paris Symphonic Orchestra's brass and percussion
June 2016: Fri. 3 & Sat. 4


zach1We are closing our 2015-2016 season with a concert of three Gloria pieces by three different composers: Poulenc, Puccini, and Rutter. These settings of the joyful Gloria text will put you in a lighthearted mood, as we head into summer.

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc is one of his most celebrated works. Written late in his life, it is a gorgeous soul-affirming work with wonderful melodies and sudden harmonic shifts. It is remarkable not only for its wide range of emotions, but for the sheer amount of musical drama packed into its 25 minutes.


Giacomo Puccini’s Missa di Gloria is an uncomplicated work. Its style is direct and unashamedly operatic, and it is clearly influenced by Puccini’s hero, Verdi. Written when Puccini was only 18, the Gloria is a tour de force, with rhythmic energy, soaring melodies and luxurious harmonies. For this concert we will be singing the well known Gloria” movement.

Acclaimed British composer John Rutter’s Gloria remains a favorite with choirs and audiences worldwide for its freshness, drama and sheer beauty. This three-movement Gloria is both touching and thrilling, alternating soaring vocal lines with contemporary harmonies and catchy rhythms. The accompaniment is for brass ensemble with timpani and organ which provide a thrilling counterpoint to the choir with punchy, syncopated brass.

Brass and percussion players from the Paris Symphonic Orchestra will play with us for the full Rutter Gloria and the Puccini Gloria movement. The American Cathedral’s resident organist, and PCS accompanist, Andrew Dewar, will accompany the Poulenc Gloria.

Meet our soloists:

Elisa Doughty will be singing the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria. Elisa’s repertoire includes a number of operatic and musical theater roles, and she has performed in a variety of theaters (including Salle Pleyel, the Theatre des Champs Elysees and the Theatre du Chatelet) and in festivals across France. She has won two operetta competitions and has sung many oratorios (by Couperin, Rameau, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Hasse, Schubert, Brahms, Gounod, Carl Orff) with ensembles such as Musica Poetica, Boston Baroque, Les Arts Florissants, Précipitations in both Europe and the United States. Learn more about Elisa at:

Georges Wanis will be singing the tenor solo in the Puccini “Gloria” movement of the Messa di Gloria. He has won a number of prizes in international competitions and regularly performs in the biggest roles of the repertoire, in renowned theaters in France and abroad (including Egypt, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Algeria, Cyprus, Portugal, and Holland). If the Bel Canto is where Georges excels, he is equally remarkable in other repertoire such as the music of Bach, Schumann, Berlioz, Cimarosa, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Honegger, Britten, Monteverdi. Learn more about Georges at:

Fri. 3 & Sat. 4, June 2016

We closed our 2015-2016 season with a concert of three Gloria pieces by three different composers: Poulenc, Puccini, and Rutter. These settings of the joyful Gloria text were the ideal way to put everyone in a lighthearted mood, as we headed into summer.

Cathedral Americain de Paris
The American Cathedral in Paris
23, avenue George V, 75008 Paris
01 53 23 84 00