Reviews: Verdi Requiem

Below are reviews of this Friday’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.

Verdi concert is a powerful showIntelligencer Journal, November 12, 2010

The four soloists — soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green, mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano, tenor Jeffrey Halili and baritone Zeffin Quinn Hollis — were capable interpreters of their parts. These parts were, in fact, roles without names and the piece calls for a great deal of interaction among soloists.

Requiem inspires jubilationSunday News, November 13, 2010

The four distinguished soloists included soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green, mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano, tenor Jeffrey Halili and bass-baritone Zeffin Quinn Hollis.

…A sequence goes on to describe the particulars of judgment in detail, as soloists and chorus go back and forth from Hollis’ awesome “Confutatis maledictas” (“When sentence on the damned is passed and all to burning flames consigned”) to the poignant and utterly sublime “Lacrimosa”

Verdi’s operatic prowess is continually apparent in the music. The agonizing “Recordare, Jesu pie” (“Remember, loving Jesus”) of Green and Montalbano is on par with Violetta’s beautiful aria “È Strano” (“I wonder”) from Act 1 of “La Traviata” (1853). And the four soloists build on each other in the “Offertorio” in much the same way Verdi’s operatic ensembles do.

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