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Watch This Video! The Time Pavarotti Sang Verdi's Requiem at the Spectrum in Philadelphia

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Luciano Pavoratti singing Verdi's Requiem at the Spectrum with soloists Susan Dunn and Ildiko Komlosi in 1986.

We're going back in time to 1986, and tenor Luciano Pavarotti was in town to sing Verdi's Requiem Mass at the Spectrum conducted by Lorin Maazel with a full orchestra and vocalists from the Opera Company of Philadelphia, now famously known as Opera Philadelphia. The entire concert was broadcast throughout the country on PBS.

This is an amazing video of the concert! Fast-forward 34 years to 2020, and you can experience Verdi's Requiem with Opera Philadelphia and conductor Corrado Rovaris and soloists on Janaury 31st and Feb 1st at the Academy of Music.

A whopping 15 members of Opera Philadelphia's current orchestra played in that concert at the Spectrum and will be returning to the piece for these Academy performances. This includes principal violin Emma Kummrow, principal bass Miles B. Davis, and other longtime orchestra members: Assistant concertmaster Igor Szwec, principal timpani Martha Hitchens, principal trumpet Brian Kuszyk, assistant principal viola Carol Isaacson Briselli, assistant principal cello Vivian Barton Dozor, violins Paul Reiser, Sarah DuBois, Meichen Liao Barnes and Charles Parker, bass Anne Peterson, flute Ellen Grycky, clarinet Allison Herz, and trombone Edward Cascarella.

Soloists Leah Crocetto, Daniela Mack, Evan LeRoy Johnson, and In-Sung Sim will sing with over 80 instrumentalists and 100 choristers. Check it out!