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Verdi's Requiem on the eve of the anniversary of lifting the siege of Leningrad

The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will present an uncommon rendition of Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi on January 25, 2021. The performance is timed to coincide with a memorable date: the 77th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad that is celebrated on January 27.

The Krasnoyarsk audience saw the premiere of this Giuseppe Verdi’s large-scale work for soloists, chorus and orchestra on January 27, 2020. Requiem is as close as possible to Russian spectators. The Latin text is translated into Russian. Mournful music with exalted lyrics was provided with a powerful influential accompaniment: documentary and feature videos. The inventor of the production idea and the translator is the executive secretary of the Russian Organizing Committee Victory Sergei Novikov.

One of the most respected and widely known Soviet and Russian conductors of our time Pavel Kogan was invited as music director and conductor of Verdi’s Requiem. In 2011, the maestro was included in the list of 10 greatest conductors of the XX century compiled by the British television channel Classical TV. Pavel Leonidovich Kogan is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra. In January 2021, Pavel Leonidovich will again take the conductor's stand in Krasnoyarsk.

“To us who live, Requiem will sound like a reminder about the lives lost during the siege. This magnificent work has never been limited by the traditions of Catholicism and is one of the most performed works in the world of the genre. Stage action and videos accompanying the performance of Requiem are going to exert a strong emotional impact upon the audience. Eternal music touches hearts of people of all nationalities and religions”, said Pavel Kogan.

Like a year ago, the brightest artists of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will appear on the stage as soloists: Honoured Artist of Russia Svetlana Ratslaf-Levchuk, laureate of international competitions Daria Ryabinko, Honoured Artist of the Republic of Buryatia Mikhail Pirogov, winner of international competitions Eugeny Sevastianov.