Paris Symphonic Orchestra will tonight perform Verdi requiem at church of the Madeleine.
Fabienne Conrad, Soprano
Carine Séchaye, Mezzo Soprano
Bruno Robba, Tenor
Pierre Bessières, Bass
Conductor: Cyril Diederich
This work, composed in memory of the writer Alessandro Manzoni was created in 1873.
It is said that this requiem is « an opera Mass » or « mystical opera. » In 1909, the writer Alfred Schnerich described it as a « Liturgical Monster » and Verdi, himself, said about requiem: « Mass for the Dead, there are so many! Adding one more is useless. » Yet he wrote this masterpiece, which with that of Mozart, is certainly one of the finest liturgical music creation.
Over 200 artists will be performers.