Verdi’s monumental Requiem began as a memorial to another master of Italian opera Rossini; however the death of the great poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni in1873 greatly affected Verdi and he decided to compose a requiem in Manzoni’s honour. Including the movement originally intended for Rossini, Verdi’s Requiem became one of the greatest ever choral works.
Verdi drew on all his theatrical experience to create a piece once described as “opera in church vestments”. From the hushed opening to the dramatic bass drum blows and blazing trumpets of the Dies Irae, this promises to be a thrilling Cambridge Philharmonic debut at Saffron Hall
Venue: Saffron Hall6 Jul 2019 - 7:30pm