Opéra de Monte-Carlo Announces Conductor Change for Verdi’s Requiem

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has announced a conductor change for its performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Nov. 2, 2023.

The company said, “We regret to inform you that Daniel Barenboim has had to cancel his participation in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on 2nd November due to medical complications. He had generously accepted to conduct this project, which was particularly dear to his heart. The Opéra de Monte-Carlo wishes him a speedy recovery. We would also like to express our gratitude to our audience for their kind understanding.”

It added, “We are delighted and deeply grateful that Kazuki Yamada (Artistic and Musical Director of the Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) has agreed, thanks to a last-minute change in his schedule, to take over the baton and conduct an exceptional quartet of soloists – Marina Rebeka, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Michael Spyres and Ildar Abdrazakov -, the Chorus of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.”

Yamada is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre National de France, among others.