Giuseppe Verdi (1813—1901), whose amazing Requiem is as dramatic as his operas

Sunday 21 May 2023

Verdi Requiem

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm


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 TRBC Principal Conductor Brian Kay; our soloists are Rebecca Hardwick (soprano), Amy Holyland (mezzo), Xavier Hetherington (tenor) and Ossian Huskinson (bass-baritone). We will be accompanied as usual at the Royal Albert Hall by the English Festival Orchestra.

About the charity
Our Royal Albert Hall concerts regularly raise £5,000-10,000 for the charity we support. For this concert, programmes will once again be sold in aid of Barts Cancer Institute.

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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