RIPO presents one of classical music’s most powerful works – Verdi’s Requiem on May 5 & 6, 2023. Conducted by Interim Principal Conductor Tania Miller, the performance …
RIPO presents one of classical music’s most powerful works – Verdi’s Requiem on May 5 & 6, 2023. Conducted by Interim Principal Conductor Tania Miller, the performance features the Providence Singers (Christine Noel, Artistic Director), Laquita Mitchell (soprano), Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano), David Pomeroy (tenor) and Kevin Deas (bass).
Verdi's Requiem is a powerful choral work, composed by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1874, as a musical setting of the Catholic Mass for the Dead. Combining the styles of ecclesiastic music and 19th century Italian opera, it is a massive and dramatic piece that requires a large orchestra, four soloists, and a choir, making it one of the most demanding and grandiose choral works ever written. RIPO will be performing it for the first time in it’s 78-year history.
Requiem is a work of great emotional depth and intensity, reflecting the composer's own grief and despair at the loss of the influential Italian writer, Alessandro Manzoni. It remains one of the most performed and beloved choral works to this day, and it is considered one of the greatest musical achievements of the 19th century.
In a 1986 review of the piece, The New York Times said, “Verdi's Requiem occupies common ground and speaks a common tongue with concert music, church music and opera…[an] unduplicable masterwork in a genre of one…it can stir the blood and grip the imagination like no other work in the concert repertory.”
“To perform Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most thrilling of experiences,” says conductor Tania Miller. “Few pieces in the repertoire offer the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. Verdi's Requiem does all that and more, operating on scales both intimate and grand simultaneously. That is the brilliant, theatrical magic of Verdi. As Brahms himself said, it ‘could only have been done by a genius.’”
Tickets start at $15. For tickets and more information visit tickets.riphil.org/
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