Opera houses and orchestras honour the Paris victims
November 14, 2015 by norman lebrecht
The Metropolitan Opera is handing out leaflets of the Marsellaise to all matinee operagoers today, inviting them to join in the singing of the French national anthem before the performance. Good work, Peter Gelb.
Placido Domingo conducted.
The Atlanta Symphony is dedicating today’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem to the dead and injured in the Paris attacks. Fort Worth Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic are also planning tributes tonight.
In Washington visiting conductor Gianandrea Noseda spoke from the stage to dedicate the National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Alfredo Casella’s Elegia eroica to the people of France.
Let us know if you hear of more.
Paris is without music tonight and tomorrow. Let us make music for Paris.
Leipzig Opera dedicated tonight’s Figaro to Paris.
In Ottawa, Canada, the National Arts Centre Orchestra is responding to the terrible attacks on Paris by performing the national anthem of France, La Marseillaise tonight to open the concert.
In Sao Paolo, Brazil, the concert stage was lit up in red, white and blue.
Vienna: Before today’s Beethoven Ninth at the Musikverein, Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic and Dr. Thomas Angyan, Intendant of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, asked for a moment’s silence:
Rattle said: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, we are all of course still deeply shocked at the horror in Paris yesterday. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is essentially a journey from darkness to light. And the light includes Beethoven’s message, a plea for love, tolerance, Menschlichkeit, humour. The words ‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder’ are the words we need to hear more than ever today, especially when we are faced by people, who do not believe that. What we can do is play and what we would ask you for is a moment of remembrance, silence and love to the people, who lost their lives or their loved ones..
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