Sacred Music in Secular Opera Theatre

08 January 2012 Tirana, Albania [Andreas Mazza; tedNEWS] The New Year’s Eve gala concert is the most important artistic and musical event in Albania. Television and radio stations broadcast this event all over the country. Ambassadors, politicians, artists, and important personalities always take part in the great event.

Irida Dragoti-Mazza, an Adventist professional Mezzo-soprano, was unexpectedly asked by the director of the national opera theatre to sing the song ‘Lord’s prayer’ under his directions of the orchestra. Sacred music is not very common in secular theatres, especially in post-communist counties like Albania.


Irida’s performance was greatly appreciated by all the participants, above all, by several foreign ambassadors. The director commented to some TV channels: ‘Irida has prayed in a wonderful way for our beloved country.’

‘I thank God for the wonderful opportunity to witness in secular theatres,’ Irida said. ‘I love God and I’m always happy to sing for Him and my greatest joy is to sing sacred songs. I am proud to be an Adventist and want to thank the church also for fiving me the opportunity to sing at Adventists events.’

Irida Dragoti-Mazza is a professional opera singer. She has studied in Albania and Italy, graduating with top grades. She has done master-level studies with some of the most important opera singers in the world, such as Renato Scotto, Daniel Dessi, Raina Kabaivanska. She has also worked with very important directors like Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado and famous artists like Andrea Bocelli and Ennio Morricone.

Irida is married to Andreas Mazza and they have a two-year old daughter, Christine. [tedNEWS]
Photos: Courtesy of Tirana theatre and Irida Dragoti-Mazza

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