I had the pleasure of singing with Umbrian Serenades for the 7th time this past summer, which was based in Soria, Spain for the first time. Located bout 2 hours north of Madrid, Soria is much cooler in the summer than Madrid, with temperatures going down in the 60's—enough so that you need a light jacket or a sweater. While there, we sang in three different towns—all with ancient 12th-century performing spaces. We also visited Burgo de Osma, both the town and the cathedral, where I snapped a few photos. The interior being quite dark (iPhones can't do everything), you won't see any of that grand interior here, but I was able to capture the cloister, as well as an 18th-century neoclassical addition.
The neoclassical addition is where the clergy suit up before Mass, with several tall mirrors hanging above handsome wardrobes, allowing everyone to check their appearance. Since I've been working on creating my own large ebonized mirror, these caught my eye. If only I could have the glass be this beautifully old!
The side door, which is used during the day—the great front door being closed except for high feast days.
A view of the ceiling in the neoclassical addition, which is also where marriage and baptismal documents are signed. The room itself has a very large marble table that is about 10 feet long. Massive.
A view of the cloister which is—if I am not mistaken—16-century. Like many amazing churches, Burgo de Osma was created over many centuries.
Exterior view of the front of the building, just before we were leaving to return to Soria and a fabulous dinner—a good friend appearing in the foreground.
If you are a choral artist and have a hankering for an off-the-beaten-path singing vacation, I whole-heartedly recommend Umbrian Serenades: The cultural-musical experience is at a very high level.