Bronze statue of Verdi in Philadelphia, USA (photo: Smallbones, from Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday 8 May 2016

Verdi Requiem

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

Sunday 8 May 2016

More about this concert

About the music: Verdi had little interest in religion, but he responded to the drama in Catholic texts much in the same way that he responded to an opera libretto. The mood of the Requiem changes frequently – Verdi contrasts the whispered prayers for the dead with a truly terrifying Dies irae, depicting wrath, judgement, the last trumpet and the final prayer for eternal rest. And although he surely had visions of the ‘heavenly hosts’ trumpeting and dancing their way around the Almighty when he composed the Sanctus, his inspiration for the Agnus Dei seems more likely to have been sinners pleading on earth.

About the performers:  Click on the links for detailed biographies. Conducting the whole concert will be the Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, Brian Kay, and we are delighted to be working with such a strong team of soloists: Linda Richardson (soprano); Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano); Jung Soo Yun (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone).  We will be accompanied as usual at the Royal Albert Hall by the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine.

About the charity
For this concert we are working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation which will benefit from programme sales, advertising and bucket collections. Our Royal Albert Hall concerts regularly raise £5,000-10,000 for the charity we support.

About the Royal Albert Hall
To book a restaurant or a parking space  please contact the Royal Albert Hall (follow the links in the text or telephone the Box Office on 020 7589 8212). For questions about access for disabled patrons and wheelchair users, telephone the Hall’s Access Line on 020 7070 4410.

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