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Friday 28 October 2022

7:30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Maija Kovalevska soprano
Catherine Carby mezzo-soprano
Kang Wang tenor
Jonathan Lemalu bass
MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus master


Verdi Requiem

About this performance

The MSO is joined by four masterful soloists and the 120-strong MSO Chorus to bring a truly momentous work to life: Verdi’s Requiem.

Verdi felt compelled to start a Requiem after the passing of fellow composer and cultural icon Gioachino Rossini. After a five-year delay, Verdi returned to the project after the death of revered Italian author Alessandro Manzoni. A fervent admirer of Manzoni and his works, Verdi dedicated his Requiem to the writer’s memory.

As you would expect from one of the greatest operatic composers of all time, the Requiem packs a dramatic punch, moving from thundering crescendos to moments of pious contemplation. Verdi wrote the piece with a concert hall setting in mind, rather than the strictly observant surrounds of a church.

Duration: approx. 110 minutes including interval

Enhance your experience

Want to learn more about the music being performed? Arrive early for an informative and entertaining pre-concert talk with MSO Chorus Coordinator Callum Moncrieff.

Friday 28 October at 6.45pm
Robert Blackwood Hall

Verdi's Requiem

Thursday 27 October at 7.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Verdi's Requiem will also be performed at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.

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COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Information about protocols in place will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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