Opera that honours the Hungarian Revolution is played live for the first time in Portugal

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Lara Jacinto

An homage to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, “Requiem”, by Frigyes Hidas, will be played live, for the first time in Portugal, this Tuesday, March 28th. In the stage of Coliseu do Porto, there will be, apart from the orchestra, two choirs and soloists, more than 150 artists.

The work of one of the most important composers of Hungary brings to the scene the 40th anniversary of the popular revolt against soviet domination. Since the beginning thought as a composition that celebrates peace, Frigyes Hidas dedicated “Requiem” to the victims of every war throughout History.

The work’s national premiere is musically directed by Diogo Costa and interpretated by mezzo soprano Patrícia Quinta, tenor Pedro Rodrigues, baritone Pedro Telles and soprano Sílvia Sequeira. We are joined by the Portuguese Symphonic Band (Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa) and the choirs of Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo and the Music Academy of Costa Cabral.

The concert opens with a complementary piece: “Hymn for World Peace”, by David Maslanka.