James Levine conducts Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

Verdi’s Requiem is a famous choral funeral mass based on the text of the traditional Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead.

Death Becomes a Requiem

Verdi proposed that a group of Italian composers writer a requiem in honor of Gioachino Rossini’s death in 1868. Verdi wrote the final movement Libera me (Free me), but nothing came of the project.

After the death of Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi proceeded to write a requiem for Manzoni. Verdi included a revised version of Libera me.

Most of the text is based on the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead, but it also includes a middle passage based on a poem by Franciscan monk Thomas of Celano. The poem evokes the horror of hell and strikes a fear of judgement day.

Verdi’s Requiem premiered at the Church of San Marco in Milan, Italy in 1874.

Verdi’s Requiem 2017

James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus with four soloists four times this season between Friday, November 24 and Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The soloists are:

  • Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova
  • Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk
  • Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko
  • Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto

Verdi’s Requiem November 2017

Friday, November 24 at 8 pm

Monday, November 27 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm

Verdi’s Requiem December 2017

Saturday, December 2 at 1 pm

Verdi’s Requiem Tickets

Tickets start at $25

Metropolitan Opera ticket prices vary with demand. Prices go up as an opera nears the end of its run. Buy tickets early in the season to get the best prices. Tickets go on sale to:
  • Patrons and Subscribers on June 15, 2017
  • Guild members (Supporting and above) on June 18, 2017
  • General public, Sunday, June 25, 2017

Metropolitan Opera House box office

Monday – Saturday, 10 am -6 pm Sunday, 12 noon – 6 pm

By Phone

(212) 362-6000 Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm Sunday, Noon – 6 pm



Rush Tickets

$25 Rush tickets can be purchased at www.metopera.org the day of the show. You can buy two tickets to one performance every seven days. Rush tickets go on sale Monday – Friday at 12 noon Matinees (four hours before curtain) Saturday evenings at 2 pm

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