In the wake of Aida, at the pinnacle of his glory, Verdi was deeply affected by the death of the poet A. Manzoni in 1873. A hero of the Italian unification, the Messa da Requiem (Requiem Mass) is dedicated to him. Verdi proposed it to the city of Milan and it was performed for the first time in the San Marco church for the anniversary of Manzoni’s death. It is a monumental piece of music that met with much enthusiasm and immediately joined the ranks of absolute masterpieces.
Verdi was criticised for having written an “opera in a clergyman’s robes”! But whilst a Requiem may well be sacred text – it is the sole libretto that Verdi did not go on to modify – it is also a reflection on death… like his operas! It is hardly surprising that certain scenes can be fearsome (Dies Irae), others may be contemplative (Requiem aeternam), whilst some express sadness tinted with hope (Lacrymosa) or implore (Libera me)! Verdi’s religious style is not different from that of opera, but is no less sincere. It bears witness to the existential questions of a man who speaks from the heart. The text of Requiem offers all the possibilities of expression and allows this agnostic to convey his vision of human destiny
CHANGEMENT OF MUSICAL DIRECTION
Maestro Zubin Mehta, who was due to conduct Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on our stage on 25 November, has unfortunately had to cancel his engagements in the coming weeks for health reasons.
As a result, the concert will be conducted by our Music Director Giampaolo Bisanti.
FOR THE TICKETS HOLDER
Below you will find two ways to follow up your booking (it is imperative that you get back to us before 22 November inclusive).
–Processing time for your request: between 24 and 72 working hours —
- You would like to attend this concert
This major change means that the price list for the concert will have to be updated; a new booking will therefore have to be made by the ticket office and new tickets issued. The difference in price will be refunded to you by bank transfer.Votre placement initial pourra être garanti jusqu’au mercredi 8 novembre inclus (le concert étant remis en vente en ligne pour toutes et tous dès le 9 novembre). NEW RESERVATION FORM
- I Wish to cancel my reservation
A refund form has been set up for this purpose.Applications for refunds will be accepted until Tuesday 22nd November. REFUND FORM