A musical concert under the stars and the centrepiece production of the 2019 Bleach* Festival program.
Bleach* Festival and Griffith University, in partnership with HOTA, Home of the Arts, present Verdi’s Requiem by Opera
Queensland, featuring the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.
Verdi’s Requiem provides the perfect score for a powerful moment in time, taking the Requiem as a symbol of new
beginnings for the City and the Festival. The Festival’s centrepiece production, this music is an invitation to gather
and look within ourselves as the music invites us to reflect and have hope.
When Verdi’s dear friend, poet and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died, he was too grief-stricken to attend the
funeral, so he composed a requiem to honour his memory. What emerged out of his sorrow is one of the most powerful
works for orchestra and voice ever written.
Sometimes referred to as “an opera in ecclesiastical vestments” Verdi’s gift for dramatic writing is on full display in
this remarkable score for almost a hundred musicians and a chorus of over sixty singers. Asking the grand questions of
life, it takes the audience on an intense musical journey from the depths of profound despair to ecstatic hope – a
transcendent work, once experienced never forgotten.
We look forward to welcoming you at this once in a lifetime musical concert under the stars of the Gold Coast.