15 December 2022, 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Price: €9,00 - €24,00
Venue: Lietuvos nacionalinė filharmonija
Choir Kaunas State Choir (dir. Robertas Šervenikas)
Orchestra Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius

Concert Programme 

The most beautiful choruses from G. Verdi’s operas “Nabucco”, “Il trovatore”, “Macbeth”, “Rigoletto”, “La forza del destino”, “Don Carlo”, “Aida“ and R. Wagner’s operas “Tannhäuser” and “Lohengrin“.

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It is likely that more than one person has heard the most famous opera arias during concerts of  classical music, but only a few realized that the creators of operas also left an inexhaustible treasury of operatic choral works. Artistic director and chief conductor of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius, together with the artistic director of the Kaunas State Choir maestro Robert Šervenikas, agreed to present to the audience a never-before-heard, exclusive program of the most beautiful opera choruses. Tonight, you will hear the most beautiful choruses from the incomparable masterpieces written by Giussepe Verdi (1813-1901) “Nabucco”, “Il trovatore”, “Macbeth”, “Rigoletto”, “La forza del destino”, “Don Carlo”, “Aida” and the great operas of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) " Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin".

More than a century ago, the masters of European opera G. Verdi and R. Wagner (who were born in the same year) were often compared as if they were opposites of each other: Italian–German, popular–serious, simple–complex, conservative–radical. Today, however, the distinctiveness, unmistakable character and exciting genius of these two composers harmoniously intertwine not only in the world of opera – we will invite you to enjoy it in tonight's concert as well.