s Messa da Requiem – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


29/04/2023 — 20:00
Koningin Elisabethzaal | Antwerpen | BE
Giuseppe Verdi [1813–1901]

Messa da Requiem

Eleanor Lyons soprano
Sophie Harmsen alto
Ilker Arcayürek tenor
Tareq Nazmi bass

Collegium Vocale Gent choir
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe conductor


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.