Saturday 4 July 2020 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral
Gweneth Ann Rand, soprano; Alison Kettlewell, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Turner, tenor and Keel Watson, bass-baritone
with Bath Bach Choir
Nigel Perrin conductor
Unique among settings of the mass for the dead, Verdi’s Requiem has been called the best opera he never wrote. A big-boned work performed by large orchestral and choral forces, it is characterised by dramatic arias and choruses – ‘Verdi’s latest opera, in ecclesiastical dress’ as one critic dismissed it. Brahms, on the other hand, thought it ‘a work of genius.’ More fire and brimstone than compassion and consolation, the score pushes the orchestra, chorus and soloists into dramatic and wild extremes, above all in the terrifying visions of the Last Judgement in the Dies Irae.
An outstanding line-up of operatic soloists (links to their websites below), the combined voices of Exeter Festival Chorus and Bath Bach Choir with the full orchestral colour of Southern Sinfonia come together under the baton of Nigel Perrin who will bring his inimitable theatrical flair to the evening in the glorious surroundings of Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 4 July at 7.30pm.
Please note that this performance lasts for approximately 90 minutes, without an interval. The Cathedral will be selling liquid refreshments, which can be taken into the audience, prior to the performance.
Two of the soloists for this concert are sponsored by The Bryan Foster Charitable Trust and one of the soloists is sponsored by Fowler Financial Planning. Each soloist's website can be accessed by clicking on his/her name:
Gweneth Ann Rand, Alison Kettlewell, Christopher Turner, Keel Watson.
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