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Written as a tribute to Alessandro Manzoni, a prominent Italian man of letters and patriot admired by Verdi, the Messa da Requiem was first performed one year after his death at the Milan Cathedral (1874) with a choir of 100 singers, an orchestra of 120 persons, La Scala singers as the soloists and the composer himself as the conductor. Sometimes compared to Mozart’s Requiem in terms of musical finesse, it is considered the highest achievement of the genre. A synthesis of the Italian operatic style and religious music, Verdi’s Requiem is a romantic work through and through, which is manifested by its diversity of form and extremity of contrast – from prayerful concentration to vehement sounds and dramatic expression. At the same time, the critics have pointed to its theatricality, consisting in strive for a “quasi-scenic display of its intensified musicality” (B. Pociej).
12.09.2020, 5:30 pm
Opening Concert of 2020/2021 artistic season of the Krakow Opera House. In the gardens of the Archaeological Museum in Krakow, some of the most beautiful pieces from the world opera repertoire will be performed by the soloists, Choir, and Orchestra of the Krakow Opera House conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. We will hear fragments of some masterpieces which are familiar to the audience of the Krakow Opera House, such as The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, La Bohème by Puccini, L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, and The Barber of Seville by Rossini. The performance will open with the overture to La forza del destino by Verdi.