(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Royal Opera House Muscat's concert to celebrate the bicentenary year of Giuseppe Verdis birth on Thursday ran to a packed house.
The concert, which celebrated the Italian genius' masterpieces, featured an internationally acclaimed cast.
Teatro di San Carlo of Naples, Italy, provided the orchestra and chorus for the concert.
The show, featuring synchronised music and intense opera performances, comprised various acts from Verdi's masterpieces, such as Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Othello and Falstaff.
The show opened with Verdi's music led by German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, who is amongst the most versatile musical artistes of the generation. This was followed by acts from Ernani and Macbeth.
Born on October 9, 1813 in Le Roncole, Verdi, was a composer who keenly followed the political progress towards the establishment of the Italian state.
By 1846, he was the most successful Italian opera composer, and many of his compositions before 1850 played a role in the Risorgimento.
His first great successes, Nabucco (1842), followed by Ernani and Attila (1844 and 1846), all contained verses “ chiefly in the choruses “ that inspired public enthusiasm for the Italian identity.
After their premieres, the operas played far and wide throughout northern Italy. The verses took on a special meaning in late 1846 with the elevation of a new pope, Pius IX, who possessed liberal political leanings