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October 14, 2018


A Collector's Verdi Requiem

Verdi

Please join us for a celebration of a work sometimes described as “Verdi’s best opera,” his Requiem in Memory of Manzoni. Quite a discography has developed for this work, and fortunately it is also short enough (usually around 80 to 90 minutes) to be fully discussed and enjoyed in a single presentation.

Join us as we listen to the work, in the course of which we will hear from four different generations of performers, using recordings from throughout the past hundred years. The definitive interpretations of each section will be played, which will showcase some of the greatest operatic singers from the 78 rpm era to the glowing stars of today’s opera firmament.

Our presenter, Liz Hubbell, is a longtime member of the Vocal Record Collectors Society in New York. She and her husband, Geoffrey Riggs, run the website OperaCast.com. This will be Liz's debut program here in Boston for the New England Opera Club.

She has spent a lifetime amassing a comprehensive collection of Verdi Requiem recordings, both studio recordings and rare live performances. Acquired during nearly forty years of avid collecting, her vast library forms the basis of her affectionate tribute to one of the great vocal works of the Romantic Era.

So, if you want to know what this work can sound like, incorporating the very best readings of the past hundred years, here is your chance to find out! If this sounds like a crazy proposition, you are probably right; but, after all, a bit of insanity is a key ingredient in so much opera! So don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a unique, "dream" Verdi Requiem.

The Library is fully handicap-accessible


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Date:
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time:
2:00 - 4:30 PM

Place:
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA

Telephone:
617.972.6421

Directions:

From the West: Take Route 20 East (Main Street) to Watertown Square.


From the East: Take Rte. 16 (Mt. Auburn St.) west. Turn right on Main Street.


Public Transportation: The library is accessible via MBTA Bus routes Express 502, Express 504, 52, 57, 59, 70, 70A, and 71. It is less than a five minute walk to the library from the buses that arrive at Watertown Yard.


Parking: There are plenty of metered (free on Sunday) parking spaces at the rear of the Library, from which you can access the Library through the back door. Drive in on the passage just before the Fire House.

The Library is fully handicap-accessible


Upcoming presentations:

November 4, Carmen
Speaker: Sara Bellini

December 16, Great Singers Around Boston, An Historical Survey (Part 4)
Speaker: Ed Tapper

 


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