Which means: automatic good mood! We had our first rehearsal with the full orchestra and all the soloists. It’s a huge orchestra, with incredible pounding drums. So dramatic. Man, Verdi can write! From our conductor’s email to us last night:
“Verdi KNEW how to compose, for the voice, for the chorus, for the orchestra and all the players in it. All we need to do is tune in to the instructions he left for us, and the performance will reveal itself. He is the most profoundly human of performers, and to understand him merely requires you to channel your humanity – well that, plus a bit of virtuosity.”
I wrote my friends and family who are coming tonight to be on the lookout for a particular moment (actually three). But the Verdi Requiem is wonderful from beginning to end.