Verdi and religion

Do you know that Verdi, as the man behind “Quattro pezzi sacri” (“Four Sacred Pieces”), was in fact not a religious believer himself? He was described by his wife to be “a jewel among honest men… but certainly very little of a believer… I exhaust myself in speaking to him about the marvels of the heavens, the earth, the sea, etc. It’s a waste of breath! He laughs in my face and freezes me in the midst of my oratorical periods and my divine enthusiasm by saying ‘you’re all crazy,’ and unfortunately he says it with good faith.”

Nonetheless, with its operatic features – aria-like themes, long pauses, sudden contrasts in texture and dynamics, to name a few – it is thought that this collection of sacred songs still serves as an inspiration of faith to the audience.

Come hear us perform Quattro pezzi sacri and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in our next concert. Tickets now available at urbtix outlets or online at

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