On 3 July 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique led by John Eliot Gardiner performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the annual Saint-Denis festival.
After a successful European tour last autumn, the Monteverdi Choir, ORR, and John Eliot Gardiner revisited Verdi’s masterpiece in a performance at the Saint-Denis Festival, which in 2019 celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Monteverdi ensembles were at full strength for this concert, with over 130 musicians taking to the stage.
“The vocal discipline and shades of the Monteverdi Choir impresses throughout… The bright highs of sopranos and tenors, the supreme velvet of baritones and basses, create an extraordinarily united texture.” – Rémy Louis, Diapason
In addition to their highly acclaimed performances in 2018 - which included a special concert in support of Cancer Research UK at London’s Westminster Cathedral - John Eliot Gardiner and the ensembles have enjoyed much success performing this monumental work in the past, and recorded the Requiem for the Philips record label in 1995 - the first recording on period instruments, described as a ‘landmark achievement’ by Gramophone.
A stellar line-up of international soloists joined the ensembles for this concert: Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten, British mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, American tenor Charles Castronovo and British bass Ashley Riches.
Wednesday 3 July at 8.30pm
Basilique de Saint-Denis