Postponed: Fauré’s Requiem: The Door of Paradise


Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Concert Postponement Notification

In line with the advice of health authorities and Victoria’s circuit-breaker lockdown, we are sad and sorry to advise that Fauré’s Requiem: The Door of Paradise has been postponed.

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Event details

The MSO Chorus makes a glorious return to the stage with Fauré’s exquisite Requiem.

Featuring soloists Emilia Bertolini and Stephen Marsh, plus an ensemble of MSO musicians under the direction of Warren Trevelyan-Jones, this concert heralds the first full performance by the Chorus in almost 18 months.

His best-known work, Fauré composed his Requiem to be “an aspiration towards happiness above”. This uplifting work focuses on the restful and fear-free nature of death, ending with In Paradisum in which the soul is ushered to the door of paradise by choirs of angels.

John Tavener’s Song for Athene (also known as Alleluia. May Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest) was originally composed as a tribute for a family friend killed in a cycling accident, but received new prominence after its performance at the funeral service of Princess Diana.

Two related works complete the program – a choral setting of Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations – ‘an utterly sublime moment of music’ (Classic FM) – and a work by Australian composer Brooke Shelley that was inspired by the famed variations.

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones conductor
Emilia Bertolini soprano
Stephen Marsh baritone
with Musicians of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Brooke Shelley
Missa Ænigmata

Lux Aeterna (from Enigma Variations)

Song for Athene

Gabriel Fauré
Requiem, Op.48


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