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Messa da Requiem 2023Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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The Verdi Requiem is always an exciting way to end the season, and it is surely the nearest Thomas Søndergård has yet got to conducting opera here. The contrasts of contemplation with frenetic excitement will suit him ideally.

This work was originally scheduled to close the 2019/20 season.  However, in common with many other items programmed by our major arts bodies, those performances fell victim to the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of the soloists announced previously, the tenor and bass are still available, not so the ladies.  David Junghoon Kim has spent several seasons at Covent Garden on the Jette Parker programme, and made an excellent concert debut with Scottish Opera in 2021.  Emily Magee has enjoyed a notable international career, particularly recognised for her interpretations of the leading lyric soprano roles of Wagner.  The identity of the mezzo is yet to be confirmed.


The steady 'mission creep' of the Operascotland website has long included concert and music theatre works that stretch the definition of the term 'opera' beyond its original bounds.  Other works that are certainly dramatic, and employ singers of classical training, have thus far been excluded, perhaps unreasonably.  We have now acceded to requests to include, for example, some works appearing in the recent seasons of the RSNO.  These include Mahler's glorious Lied von der Erde and Verdi's uniquely dramatic Messa da Requiem.  If we include those, and other choral or vocal masterworks by Brahms, Elgar and others, then how can we exclude Messiah?  The number of performances that must have occurred in Scotland over the decades is a daunting prospect for research, and we will take our time! 

Performance DatesMessa da Requiem 2023

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

9 Jun, 19.30

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Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Jun, 19.30

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