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Verdi’s Requiem, live from the Royal Opera House

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s Requiem, live from the Royal Opera House, featuring soloists Lise Davidsen, Jamie Barton, Benjamin Bernheim and Gábor Bretz

On 22 May 1873, the Italian writer, poet and humanist Alessandro Manzoni died. In response to his death, Verdi resolved to write a Requiem (indeed the work was once known as the 'Manzoni Requiem'). He had already written the final movement, 'Libera me', as part of a joint project with other composers for a requiem to commemorate Rossini - the ill-fated Messa per Rossini, which remained unperformed until 1988. Taking this conclusion as a starting point, Verdi re-worked the movement and set the remaining texts, including the famously dramatic 'Dies irae', creating what has become one of the most celebrated, fiery and operatic works in the choral repertoire.

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Presented by Martin Handley

Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Lise Davidsen (soprano)
Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)
Benjamin Bernheim (tenor)
Gábor Bretz (bass)
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor)

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