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2012

THE MONUMENTAL “REQUIEM” BY GIUSSEPE VERDI ON THE STAGE OF NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE OF LITHUANIA WILL BE PERFORMED BY TWO CHOIR


2012 03 08


Performing a monumental "Requiem"– Violeta Urmanavičiūtė-Urmana, Anita Rachvelishvili (Georgia), Alfredo Nigro (Italy) and Riccardo Zanellato (Italy)by G. Verdi on March 17 in the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania alongside with prominent soloists 
 
The choir of National Opera and Ballet Theatre (led by Česlovas Radžiūnas) will be rec the two choirs will sing ruited by the pride of Lithuanian concert stage – Kaunas State Choir (led by Petras Bingelis). The symphonic orchestra of National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania (under the baton of Robertas Šervenikas) will play.
 
Why even two choirs are needed for the performance of "Requiem" by G. Verdi? Formally "Messa da Requiem" (this is the full title of the opus) by G. Verdi was written as traditional burial-service of the Roman Catholic liturgy but this piece probably was never performed during the religious service. For it was not intended for this purpose. "Requiem" by G. Verdi is a monumental concert opus that was not the only of a kind written in the XIXth and later – in the XXth century.   
 
Most often the monumental opus by G. Verdi is compared to the "Requiem' by W. A. Mozart. Those two pieces are considered to be probably the most prominent examples of the concert Mass in the music literature of the world. An opus by G. Verdi is distinctive for having numerous traits characteristic for the opera. It was even called by one of the music critics to be "an opera in ecclesiastical robe".
 
G. Verdi wrote "Requiem" as the omen of respect and remembrance of his friend, Italian national hero and writer – Alessandro Mazoni. The premiere of the opus took place on May 22, 1874 in the Cathedral of Saint Mark in Milan on the occasion of the first anniversary since the death of A. Manzoni and after few days it was repeatedly performed in the “La Scala” theatre. That time G. Verdi himself was conducting and the soloists that few years earlier took part in the European premiere of the opera "Aida" by the same composer, were singing.
 
"Requiem" by G. Verdi was a real triumph that signified not only the success of the opus itself but at that time became the manifest of the Italians that were struggling for there national self-awareness. It was like telling "We exist". For expressing such majestic emotions an appropriate epitome was necessary that is why side-by-side with four soloists the double choir is used.  
 
After the premiere in Italy the opus started its long and prosperous pilgrimage round the world: a triumphal performance in “Royal Albert Hall” in London, seven performances in Paris and etc. "Requiem" by G. Verdi is well known to the Lithuanian public – it was performed in our country not once. On March 17 National Opera and Ballet Theatre offers not only to recall this magnificent music but as well to enjoy the music performed by splendid musicians.
 
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