Verdi’s mighty Requiem, his mass for the dead, is guaranteed to move
anyone with even the slightest pulse.
The musical depiction of the end of days, with offstage trumpets and
thunderous hits from the orchestra’s bass drum, will leave you
It’s more of an opera than a piece of church music, and if you think
you don’t know it, just put “Dies Irae” into any internet search
engine, and you’ll soon see it’s the soundtrack to dozens of adverts,
sports trailers and movies, the most recent being Taika Waititi’s
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”.
But between the drama passages, Verdi has written life-affirming music
of the utmost tenderness.
Conductor Marc Taddei has assembled a world-class cast of soloists for
the performance on September 8th at the Michael Fowler Centre.
Mexican tenor Diego Torre sang at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in
2009 and 2010. Antoinette Halloran is one of Australia’s most
Fellow Aussie mezzo soprano Deborah Humble has performed Das Rheingold
at the Hamburg Staatsoper for seven straight years, while Baritone
James Clayton has been one of NZ Opera’s most outstanding singers in