LSO's Electifying Verdi
Opera & Dance
THE London Symphony Orchestra kicked off its 2016-17 season with an electrifying performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Barbican earlier this week.
In charge was Italian maestro Gianandrea Noseda, making his debut as the orchestra’s chief guest conductor.
He’s very much an old Verdi hand, and has been principal conductor at the Turin Opera House for the past seven years.
Not surprisingly, the opera in the Requiem got the full treatment under his baton. Orchestral playing was rapturously thrilling and the LSO Chorus made a good account of itself not just in the blood-curdling Dies Irae.
However, the Italian soloists had a hard time of it, stuck for some bizarre reason behind the orchestra. Such a shame because each one is clearly a world-class singer.
Noseda returns to conduct the LSO in the Barbican Hall on April 6 for a performance of Berg’s violin concerto with Janine Jansen as soloist, and Mahler’s seventh symphony.