This year’s Opening Gala Concert brings the world-renowned Verdi’s Requiem to Cork with the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra. Verdi’s Requiem, one of the most frequently performed major choral work, will be brought to life in Cork City Hall through the voices of Cara O’Sullivan (soprano), Raphaella Mangan (mezzo soprano), Owen Gilhooly (tenor), John Molloy (bass) and Festival Chorus comprised of East Cork Choral Society, Cór Cois Abhann and Cantairí Mhuscraí, conducted by Keith Pascoe.
A setting of the Roman Catholic mass for the dead, the work explores the full range of human emotions in a style as dramatic as any as its composer’s operas. Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem is a thrilling musical experience which has been beloved by audiences and performers since its premiere in Milan in 1874. The masterwork has been staged and performed in the world’s most renowned places, and sections of it can even be heard in countless advertisement and movies – including Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained or the notorious Star Wars trilogy. Verdi’s Requiem is one of those pieces of the classical repertoire that are known to far more people than they even realize, and its majesty will without a doubt bring the 2017 Cork International Choral Festival to a wonderful start.