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

Verdi Requiem

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm

Sunday 12 May 2019

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. The concert will be conducted by Bob Chilcott, and the names of soloists will be announced shortly. We will be accompanied as usual at the Royal Albert Hall by the English Festival Orchestra.

About the charity
For this concert we are working in partnership with the Barry Reed Cancer Research Fund,  which supports the work of Barts Cancer Institute as part of Barts Charity (reg. charity no. 212563). The fund will benefit from all 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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