The death of Risorgimento writer and poet Alessandro Manzoni hit Giuseppe Verdi very hard. The composer, already deeply affected by the death of the great Rossini five years previously, decided to compose and dedicate this Messa da Requiem, now considered the most remarkable work in his catalogue, to the memory of the creator of The Betrothed. Carry on reading
The world première of this sacred work took place in the church of San Marco, Milan, on the same day as the commemoration of the first anniversary of Manzoni´s death. Out of his pain, Verdi created a masterpiece based on the embryonic theme Dies irae. The result was a majestic spiritual composition divided into seven parts. It is a major work in the liturgical tradition that distributes the vocal parts between the four traditional performers, leaving an important space throughout the piece for the choir. It also has a musical section bursting with drama and overwhelming theatrical expressiveness. Soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, tenor Charles Castronovo, bass Alexander Vinogradov and the Intermezzo Choir, will bring the voices to life in a work that is as intense as it is solemn. The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC), conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, will perform a score of intense melody and rhythmic power. The curtain rises on a new edition and from the very first note, the memory of Carmen Mateu will accompany us throughout the work.