YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—In memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and those lost in the Artsakh War, Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ will be performed in Stepanakert’s Revival Square on September 1, 2015, in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Artistic director of the concert, world-famous opera singer Lyubov Kazarnavskaya, says the choice is not a surprise and should not worry anyone.
“The undefeatable spirit of the Armenian people and culture, the revival and development of the nation—this is what the requiem is about. It is not the march of Verdi’s mourning on Armenian soil, this is the height of the human spirit,” Kazarnovskaya told reporters in Yerevan.
“ ‘Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.’ These are the most important words in the lyrics of the requiem. We’ll try to sing about that eternal light,” conductor Anatoly Levin said.
Participants and guests in the concert have said on many occasions that they are not worried about being included in Azerbaijan’s notorious “black list” for their visit to Artsakh.
When speaking about Armenia, Lyubov Kazarnovskaya uses the words “great” and “beloved.”
“I’ve grown up here. My father served here, I attended the school after Chekhov and lived at 32 Abovyan Street. This is the reason why I’m familiar with the Armenian culture, praised by Komitas,” she said.
Musicians from Russia, Serbia, and Italy will participate in the concert on September 1.