Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera has today announced that Music Director Emeritus James Levine will conduct four performances of Verdi’s Requiem on 24, 27 and 29 November, and 2 December (mat) 2017, marking the first Met performances of Verdi’s masterpiece since 2008.
Joining the Met Orchestra and Chorus are Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Since it was first performed at the Met in 1901, Verdi’s Requiem has been presented by the company 49 times, 13 of these led by Maestro Levine. The last time as many as four performances were given at the Met within a single season was in 1909, conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
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