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Royal Opera brings requiems to city

For the first time in ten years, The Royal Opera is to visit Birmingham for two concert performances at Symphony Hall in March.

For the first time in ten years, The Royal Opera is to visit Birmingham for two concert performances at Symphony Hall in March.

The Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House take up residence at Symphony Hall for two nights, with their dynamic Music Director Antonio Pappano and a glittering line-up of soloists. They will perform Verdi’s Requiem on Friday March 20 and Britten’s War Requiem the following evening (March 21) as part of the Birmingham International Concert Season.

Verdi’s Requiem is a choral masterpiece, considered an opera in all but name, and a superb work in which to hear The Royal Opera, one of the world’s greatest choruses. Celebrated singers Barbara Frittoli, Olga Borodina, Piotr Beczala and Ildar Abdrazakov take the solo roles.

Written for the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, Britten’s War Requiem is the work of a committed pacifist and mixes poems by war poet Wilfred Owen with the words of the Requiem Mass. No tenor is more closely associated with Britten at the moment than Ian Bostridge, joined by Emma Bell, Simon Keenlyside and the Tiffin Boys’ Choir for the Symphony Hall concert.

Further details from Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or www.thsh.co.uk.

 

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