As part of their Europe Tour 2020 residency at the Musikverein, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are presenting two performances of one of their signature works, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. Of the sacred work, Muti has said, “Everybody can see and identify himself in the music of Verdi. With this music, he translated the feelings of all of us.”

Joining them for these concerts are guest vocalists Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor) and Riccardo Zanellato (bass) and the Wiener Singverein, the Musikverein’s resident chorus. Ahead of the two performances Jan. 13-14 at the Musikverein, Muti and his combined forces ran through rehearsals of Verdi’s masterpiece. (As CSO patrons will recall, Muti’s CSO Resound release of the Requiem from 2009 won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Recording and Best Choral Performance.)

The CSO’s Europe Tour 2020 consists of 10 concerts in six countries Jan. 9-23, with additional in stops Luxembourg, Paris, Naples, Florence, Milan and Lugano.

For more coverage, go to the tour page on cso.org, Sounds and Stories’ CSO on Tour category, the CSO’s Facebook page and other social media outlets, including Twitter and Instagram.

TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the CSO, Wiener Singverein and guest vocalists in a rehearsal of Verdi’s Requiem. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

Rehearsal of Verdi's Requiem in Vienna

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Principal Percussion Cynthia Yeh swings into action during the Verdi Requiem rehearsal.

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Former CSO development department staffer Jessica Erickson runs into violin Sando Shia near the Musikverein.�

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Before rehearsal begins, Principal Horn David Cooper warms up onstage.�� 

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Principal Oboe William Welter and oboe Lora Schaefer share a laugh before the rehearsal.

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Stage Manager Chris Lewis shifts around percussion to free up space for other orchestras in the Musikverein.

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Baird Dodge, principal second violin, introduces daughter Rosie to the Musikverein stage.

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CSO cellos Karen Basrak and Katinka Kleijn strike a pose.

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Riccardo Muti and Principal Clarinet Stephen Williamson converse during a rehearsal break.

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Stephanie Jeong, associate concertmaster, smiles as the tuning process begins.

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The CSO, chorus and guest vocalists fill up every inch of the Musikverein stage.

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The guest vocalists listen as Maestro Muti makes some observations.

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A score for the offstage trumpets rests on a music stand.

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