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Icons Rediscovered: Verdi’s Requiem

23 April 2024 to 23 April 2024 Royal Albert Hall

Photo supplied © Andy Paradise

Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus raise lift the roof of the Royal Albert Hall.

Dies irae, dies illa… Trumpets blast, drums thunder and a mighty chorus cries out in terror.

A Requiem is a service for the dead, but there was never any chance that an old fighter like Giuseppe Verdi would go quietly into the night. Sure enough, his huge Requiem mass has been called the grandest opera he never wrote: thrillingly dramatic, blazing with emotion and conceived on an absolutely gigantic scale.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Vasily Petrenko has assembled a stellar team of renowned international soloists (Miah Persson, Jennifer Johnston, Stefano La Colla and Alexander Vinogradov), plus the full Philharmonia Chorus: all ready to storm the very heavens. It’s a piece that could have been written to be heard in the majestic surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, and believe us, tonight you’ll feel the air shake.

“The flourishing partnership between Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is vital in both senses of the word. Together they are making indispensable music in performances that are invariably alive, deeply considered and anything but routine.” Bachtrack

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