Met Opera: Requiem
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