Requiem for an Empress a musical highlight for 2021

Published by: The Australian Boys Choir | 21-Apr-2021
For over eighty years, the Australian Boys Choir has provided outstanding training for young people alongside exceptional performances for audiences. And the year ahead is no exception. The extraordinary Requiem for an Empress is set to be a highlight of 2021. To be performed at 2.30 pm on Saturday 15th May at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat, and at 3pm on Sunday 16th May at Sacred Heart Church, Carlton, the performance comprises a single 65-minute work, namely the Officium Defunctorum of 1605 by celebrated Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luís de Victoria. The work is perfectly suited to the voices of the Choir's Performing Squad and The Vocal Consort. @AustBoysChoir
The glorious music for six voices was originally written to honour the Dowager Empress Maria of Austria at her funeral in 1603,' explains Artistic Director, Nicholas Dinopoulos. Victoria was her personal chaplain.'

Requiem for an Empress is particularly close to Dinopoulos's heart. He first imagined the program back in 2010 when he visited the convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid, where empress and composer lived side-by-side.

I was inspired by standing in the very chapel where Victoria's music would have been sung,' he continues. My mother is Spanish, and I am passionate about this music.'

Dinopoulos has prepared a new edition of Victoria's six-voice Requiem, incorporating the ancient chant into modern notation to make it easier for singers to read and understand. This program will also be accompanied in historically appropriate fashion by the unique sound of the dulcian, or Renaissance bassoon.

We hope audience members will be able to close their eyes and imagine, for a second, they are attending the event as it may have been presented some 400 years ago,' says Dinopoulos.

Artistic Director and singers alike are delighted to be presenting this work as part of their eagerly anticipated 2021 concert series. I love programs that are not only comprised of great music, but provide a rich, real, and tangible experience for audiences,' Dinopoulos concludes.


15th of May 2021 - 2.30pm
All seats $20
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat
3 Lyons St S, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

16th May 2021 - 3pm
Adult $35, Concession $25, Child $15
Sacred Heart Church, Carlton
Rathdowne St & Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053

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