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Verdi's Requiem
20 May 2017 at 7.30 pm
Llewellyn Hall

Conductor Rowan Harvey-Martin
With The Llewellyn Sinfonia

Sonia Anfiloff (soprano)
Christina Wilson (mezzosoprano)
Christopher Lincoln Bogg (tenor)
Jeremy Tatchell (bass)

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$40 pensioners
$25 students
$20 children 5-16 years (free for children under 5)
$40 groups of 10 or more
$100 family (two adults, two children)

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About Verdi's Requiem

Few choral works have captured the public imagination in the way that Verdi’s Requiem has. The uncomplicated directness of his style, his soaring, lyrical melodies which lie perfectly for the human voice, the scintillating orchestration and, most significantly, the work’s extraordinary dramatic and emotional intensity, all contribute to the Requiem’s status as one of the great icons of Western music.

It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired and was at one time called the Manzoni Requiem. The first performance, at the San Marco church in Milan on 22 May 1874, marked the first anniversary of Manzoni's death. Special permission had to be obtained from the Archbishop for the inclusion of the female choristers, who were hidden behind a screen and clad in full-length black dresses and mourning veils.

At the time of its premiere, the Requiem was criticized by some as being too operatic in style for the religious subject matter. It is rarely performed in liturgy, but rather in concert form.

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