Edinburgh International Festival - Verdi Requiem
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 31 August 2013, 8pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA
Verdi Requiem (c.90')
Erin Wall soprano
Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano (09/05/13: please note change to originally advertised soloist)
Bryan Hymel tenor (09/05/13: please note change to originally advertised soloist)
Eric Owens bass
Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Christopher Bell, chorus master
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The Edinburgh International Festival's Usher Hall concerts come to an epic conclusion with Verdi's powerful Requiem, its theatricality and gripping emotions making it as suited to the opera house or concert hall as to any church.
From music of hushed restraint and transcendent hope through to the thunderclap-like drums that depict the day of judgement in the terrifying Dies irae, it is a magnificent work full of operatic grandeur and dramatic contrasts.
BBC SSO Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles is famed for his resplendent performances of large-scale late-Romantic music, and joining him and the BBC SSO are four fine international soloists as well as the massed voices of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
The concert will be recorded for broadcast in BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 11 September 2013, at 7.30pm.
How to get there
- Many local bus services stop on Lothian Road 25m from entrance.
- Edinburgh has two railway stations Waverley and Haymarket both within a 15 minute walk of the Usher Hall.
- West: Via M8, A8, Haymarket, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace East: Via A1, Princes Street, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace South: Via A74, Braid Road, Morningside Road, Bruntsfield Place, Earl Grey Street, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace North: Via Forth Road Bridge, A90, Queensferry Road, Queensferry Street, Melville Street, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace
- There are wheelchair access places in the Stalls and Grand Circle and wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Parking spaces for disabled badge holders are located across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street, however due to continuing landscaping work outside the Hall, it may be wise to phone in advance to check availability.