- 27th October 2018 - 7.30pm
Kentish Opera was delighted
to team up with The Bromley Philharmonic Choir for a special
performance of Verdi's Requiem. It was conducted by Robyn Sevastos
with orchestra. The combined chorus was in the region of 100
voices, and sounded magnificent.
The four soloists were Helen Bailey, Gaynor Keeble, John Findon
and Mark Saberton. Helen recent played Santuzza in our Spring
production of Cavalleria Rusticana, Gaynor last sang with KO
in Samson and Delilah and before that in Aida. Mark last performed
with us as a memorable Amonasro in our 2013 production of Aida.
The Requiem was be performed in St George's Church, Beckenham,
as part of their annual festival.
The music of the Verdi's Requiem combines religious grandeur
with operatic drama and passion, and contains equally exquisite
writing for both chorus and soloists. It is notable for its emotional
depth and variety shown, for example, in the terror of the 'Dies
Irae', the dignity of the sorrowful 'Lacrimosa', the anxious
pleading of the 'Libera me' and the spirited 'Sanctus'.