by Guiseppe Verdi
Conducted by James Levine
For the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Never intended for liturgical use, the work is primarily a dramatization-in-concert of the issues at stake in that text: the battle of life against death as it is waged in the individual, the community, and the cosmos.
Verdi’s Requiem is a setting of the text for the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead as it existed from the Late Middle Ages to its revision in 1970. The score calls for a large chorus, full orchestra, and four soloists.
The Met's performances of Verdi’s Requiem are dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
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Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 1 hrs 24 min