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Verdi's Requiem

Robertson conducts

Verdi 200
Dates Fri 12 Jul, Sat 13 Jul Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)

Verdi's Messa da Requiem - his mass for the dead - is an undisputed masterpiece, thrilling and dramatic.

In his Requiem Verdi brought together his theatrical instincts, his gift for vocal writing and a whole life's experience to create a musical work that spoke to a nation in mourning for a cultural hero. This public expression of private grief and faith is both operatic and profound. From the terror of the "Dies irae" to the weeping "Lacrymosa" and the glowing serenity of the "Lux aeterna", this could easily be an "opera in ecclesiastical vestments" - and that would be a compliment!

Join us  and our Chief Conductor designate, David Robertson, for a concert that celebrates Verdi's 200th anniversary with one of his most awe-inspiring creations. 

Pre-concert talk by Martin Buzacott in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before the performance.

Following each performance of this concert, you are invited to join Chief Conductor and Artistic Director designate David Robertson in conversation with Sydney Symphony Managing Director, Rory Jeffes. Hear about David's plans for the 2014 season and the exciting future ahead for your orchestra.

Verdi's Requiem

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.


Track 1 - VERDI Requiem: Dies irae
Track 2 - VERDI Requiem: Lacrymosa
Track 3 - VERDI Requiem: Sanctus
Track 4 - VERDI Requiem: Lux aeternam
Cheryl Studer, Marjana Lipovšek, José Carreras and Ruggero Raimondi with the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus
conducted by Claudio Abbado 


An Agnostic's Requiem

Writer and broadcaster Martin Buzacott explores how the theatre and the humanity of Verdi's Requiem resonate with listeners even in this secular age.

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  • David Robertson conductor
  • Erin Wall* soprano
  • Olesya Petrova mezzo-soprano
  • John Daszak tenor
  • Ain Anger bass
  • Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus

*We regret that Amber Wagner, has, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the planned concerts with the Sydney Symphony due to health reasons. We are, however, extremely grateful to Erin Wall for agreeing to take over the performance.

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