August 3, 2021

Myung- Whun Chung debuts on the podium of Santa Cecilia with Verdi’s Messa da Requiem

Myung- Whun Chung debuts on the podium of the orchestra of the Rome Opera – now at the Circo Mssimo – with the Requiem Mass of Giuseppe Verdi at the Circus Maximus . It will happen on Saturday 24 July, to “repay” the audience of the concert of the canceled South Korean maestro, due to a pandemic, in May 2020.

The soprano will sing under his baton Krassimira Stoyanova, the mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona and the bass Michele Pertusi, both appreciated in the recent Luisa Miller conducted in concert form by Michele Mariotti, and the tenor Saimir Pirgu, engaged in these days at the Circus Maximus as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. At the direction of the choir the maestro Roberto Gabbiani.

Considered Verdi’s symphonic-choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass was born on the wave of emotion for the death of Alessandro Manzoni, a poet much loved by the composer. It was directed by Verdi himself for the first time in 1874 to commemorate the writer one year after his death.

A Gershwin night instead is the title of the evening entirely dedicated to the American composer George Gershwin, who on Thursday 29 July at 9 pm in the Cavea of ​​the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome will feature the Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia conducted by Wayne Marshall, fresh from success at the Waldbühne in Berlin where he reached the podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and returns to Santa Cecilia as conductor and pianist.

The program includes the performance of the jazz-symphonic masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue in its original version for jazz band, the Broadway Overtures & Songs and is completed with the most famous pieces taken from the opera Porgy and Bess performed by the soprano Jeanine De Bique and the baritone Simon Shibambu.

Last updated: Thursday 22 July 2021, 21:00