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