Requiem - December 2002
combined talent of Kentish Opera and Bromley Philharmonic Choir performed Verdi's Requiem
on Sunday 1st December at the Churchill Theatre. The "Requiem"
is acknowledged as one of Verdi's greatest musical achievements,
and has been quoted a being as "The best opera that Verdi
The combined choir
was in the region of 120 voices. Young professional soloists
sung the principal parts supported by professional orchestra
under the baton of Robyn Sevastos.
It was a great
success and raised about £3,000 in aid of the Ripley Development
The performance was reviewed by
Opera does justice
to Verdi's masterpiece
WHEN Kentish Opera visits the Churchill
Theatre it's usually to perform a great opera by Puccini or another
Sometimes, however, the Kentish
Opera chorus are given a chance to show off their undoubted talents
either in a concert of different choral pieces or, as was the
case for their latest visit to the Churchill, to sing a single
Joined by the Bromley Philharmonic Choir,
the performance of Verdi's Requiem was outstanding. The balance
of the two large choirs was perfect while the conductor Robyn
Sevastos had such control over the choirs, soloists and orchestra,
the result was so professional and eloquent that the occasion
was a triumph for everyone involved.
Although the work was composed
as a religious mass, it is full of wonderful melodic, soaring
themes, quiet moments of meditation very real passion, and other
elements that give the Requiem an operatic sense of drama that
seems to be perfect for the stage.
Subtle and effective lighting effects
gave the performance an even more theatrical aura.
The solo parts were sung by bass
Paul Napier-Burrows, tenor David Newman, mezzo-soprano Susannah
Self and soprano Adele Mason.
Ms Self exhibited perfect control
over a wide range of voice pitches and both the bass and tenor
excelled. However, Adele Mason proved to be a soprano of great
quality and she brought added brilliance to the performance,
especially in the final section Libera me.
ROY ATTERBURY - Kentish Times 12th