On Tuesday 18 September 2018, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at London’s Westminster Cathedral.
This special evening was in support of Cancer Research UK and dedicated to the memory of MCO’s late Stage Manager Richard Fitzgerald, who worked with the company for more than fifteen years. He sadly passed away following a short battle with lung cancer in August 2016. The concert celebrated Richard’s work, and the stage management profession more generally: the unsung heroes of the performing world.
‘Richard was one of the most consistently level-headed, collegial and decent human beings you could ever wish to encounter. As stage manager of the Monteverdi Choir and its twin orchestras, […] Richard surmounted all the really tough physical and psychological demands of the job magnificently, always with good grace, tolerance and exemplary professionalism. None of us can thank him enough for that.’
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
The concert marked 20 years since MCO’s last London performance of Verdi’s monumental work – and is the only UK date on a European tour that will visit a roster of major venues; opening at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Poland.
The Monteverdi Choir and ORR were joined by soloists Corinne Winters (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo-soprano), Edgaras Montvidas (Tenor) and Gianluca Buratto (Bass).