Best of 2019 Highlights

The Verdi Requiem at The Shed with MusicAeterna was featured in The New York Times’ “Best Classical Music of 2019”. The article highlights the critic’s list of the best performances, premieres, and new digital releases of the year in the world of classical music and opera. The New York Times added the recent concerts of Verdi’s Requiem at The Shed, which featured René Barbera as the tenor soloist, to their list, saying:

“After leading an intense “Idomeneo” in Salzburg — the latest in his slew of recent coups at that festival — Teodor Currentzis did it again. In November at the Shed, this Greek-born, Russian-incubated conductor and MusicAeterna — the orchestra and choir of estimable passion and cultlike devotion to Mr. Currentzis — brought both grace and literally spine-tingling ferocity to Verdi’s Requiem…”

Mr. Barbera’s performance in the Requiem garnered praise from critics, with Sarah Downs from Front Row Center saying: “All of the performers epitomize the concept of singing from the toes up, including the four outstanding soloists. Tenor René Barbera possesses both strength and sweetness in his voice. His “Ingemisco” gave me goosebumps.”

Read the full article via The New York Times