Teodor Currentzis © GTG / Carole Parodi
© GTG / Carole Parodi
8 April 2019
Grand Théâtre de Genève

Messa da requiem

By Giuseppe Verdi
Premiered at the San Marco church in Milan on 22 May 1874.

Concert version

Duration: approx. 1h30 (without intermission)

Is there still any need to introduce Teodor Currentzis and his ensemble, MusicAeterna, in Geneva? They practically belong to the Geneva stage having opened the last two seasons. Those who attended the performance of Purcell’s unfinished work, The Indian Queen, understood that this conductor and his ensemble never disappoint, and that with them, vision, enthusiasm and passion once again find their rightful place. Then, they returned to inaugurate the 2017-2018 season and Theodor Currentzis performed a rerun of La Clemenza di Tito, a little known work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Yet again, this electrifying goldsmith of Greek origin, who decided to live in Perm, enchanted us – and received a long ovation. We may be sure that with the Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi, he will succeed once again in imposing his own particular version and fascinate us with his rigour and daring. The work remains unique in the Verdi repertoire. Some see it as a sacred play, others as an opera with extremely demanding soloist and choral roles. Verdi transports us into an intensely emotional whirlwind, which begins in a silence from which the music emerges, a flood of sound, which evokes fear, anguish, love and hatred, and which ends in silence, as if in exhaustion. A confrontation between life and death composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, exalter/eulogist of Italian unity.

Musical Director Teodor Currentzis
Soprano Zarina Abaeva
Alto Hermine May
Tenor Dmytro Popov
Bass Tareq Nazmi
musicAeterna orchestra and chorus of Perm Opera



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Apr 2019
Monday 8 |  7:30 pm

Performance at the Place de Neuve