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