At the Liepāja International Star Festival closing concert, which will be held next spring, on 23 March 2024, Italian opera genius Giuseppe Verdi's “Requiem” will be performed – a monumental piece of spiritual vocal and instrumental music, in which the composer has put all his talent as a genius melodist and master of musical form dramaturgy.
Together with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, the State Academic Choir “Latvija” and an international ensemble of soloists consisting of Serbian soprano Marija Jelić, Ukrainian tenor Oleksandr Chuvpilo and the Latvian National Opera soloist, bass baritone Rihards Mačanovskis, will take the stage of the “Lielais dzintars” Concert Hall. Atvars Lakstīgala will take the place at the conductor's desk.
Our audience had the chance to meet Marija Jelić for the first time in the summer of 2022 at the “Pūt, vējiņi!” concert stage at the “Liepāja Summer” opera music gala concert. According to conductor Atvars Lakstīgala, the Serbian opera music diva is one of Europe's rising stars. The singer has gained the affection of the audience and critics in many countries worldwide.
The lyrical Ukrainian tenor Oleksandr Chuvpilo is a soloist of the Kyiv National Academic Theatre of Operetta and singer with a wide vocal range and diverse repertoire. The singer has also visited Latvia several times, including his performance at the Operetta Festival in Ikšķile, and is a favourite of the public both at home and during his visits abroad.
Bass baritone Rihards Mačanovskis has been the Latvian National Opera soloist since 2003. The singer's performance in 2012 and 2014 was appreciated with the Latvijas Gāze Award in the nomination “Best Opera Soloist”, while in 2013 he received the Pauls Sakss’ Appreciation Award, and he was also nominated for the Grand Music Award 2013 for the excellent performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's romances in cooperation with pianist Mārtis Zilberts.
Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem is often referred to as another opera by Verdi, because the abundance of contrasts, the dramaturgical tension and the diverse interplay of solo voices, ensembles and the choir is so emotionally strong.
Verdi's Requiem is a dedication to the memory of the Italian poet and prose writer Alessandro Manconi (1785-1873), and is not so much of a mirror of eternal light, but more of a dramatic opus that provokes secular reflections, letting the listener go through unforgettable moments of emotional experience.
The 32nd Liepāja International Stars Festival will take place next spring, from March 9 to 23, in Liepāja concert hall "Lielais dzintars".
Tickets for the Festival concerts can be purchased at "Biļešu Paradīze" ticket offices.
Liepāja International Stars Festival will be held for the twenty-eighth year in a row. Once as the International Piano Stars Festival it was started in 1993 by former artistic director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra – Imants Resnis.
During the closure of the 23rd International Piano Stars Festival Uldis Lipskis, Board member of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra pointed out that the festival will have its rebirth in the coming year, acquiring a broader scope and featuring not only pianists but also outstanding singers and virtuosos of other instruments to attract even greater audiences. Therefore this is no longer the International Piano Stars Festival, but the Liepāja International Stars Festival.
The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Cultural Capital Foundation and Liepāja City.