The cast includes Maria Luigia Borsi, Peter Auty, Scott Hendricks and David Stout | Hallé Choirs
In the bicentenary year of the composer’s birth Sir Mark presents a special event telling the story of one of the most creative partnerships in music. With the help of the composer and man of letters, Arrigo Boito, Verdi revised his beloved but troubled opera Simon Boccanegra, realizing all the drama of this shadowy and beautiful portrayal of intrigue and revenge in 14th-century Genoa.
The great First Act is followed by substantial scenes from Verdi’s last and greatest Shakespearian operas Falstaff and Otello. These works, owing their existence as much to Boito’s persistence as to Verdi’s genius, could hardly be more contrasting: the
former is a work of sparkling wit; the latter an anatomy of evil so profound that at times it even threatens to upstage the original. What unites them is some of the most glorious music ever written for the opera house.
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The concert opens with Elgar’s richly melodic Introduction and Allegro, a heartfelt tribute to the ‘sweet borderland’ of Herefordshire where the composer was living at the time.
£3 student tickets
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PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £26, are being offered at half price.