ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE

15/04/2018 — 18:00
deSingel | Antwerpen | BE

*Giuseppe VERDI* (1813-1901):
Messa da Requiem

Eleanor Lyons _soprano_
Gerhild Romberger _alto_
Mario Zeffiri _tenor_
Luca Pisaroni _bass_

*Collegium Vocale Gent*
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe

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Messa da Requiem

Barely a month before the premiere of his _Messa da Requiem_, on 22 May 1873 in San Marco in Milan, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) wrote to his publisher Ricordi: ‘_You understand better than I myself that this mass must not be sung like an opera, and thus that the phrasing and dynamics that may be fine in a theatre won’t satisfy me at all, not at all._’ Clear words from a true opera composer who had written a requiem to honour his dead friend, the writer Alessandro Manzoni. It is transcendent, unique within his oeuvre and, according to Johannes Brahms, the work of a true genius.