Giuseppe Verdi’s setting of the Latin Requiem Mass is one of the great choral blockbusters, rivalling Handel’s Messiahand Mozart’s own Requiem for popularity. Already outsized for performances in most churches, the Requiem will break free of the concert hall in Opera Queensland’s 2019 season, coming to the Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts for an outdoor performance, in collaboration with the Bleach* Festival, that promises plenty of surprises.

Verdi Requiem, Opera Queensland Opera Queensland’s Requiem 

“I’ve often found doing outside concerts, in the moment of the performance something really beautiful can happen, because you’re not in a concert hall – you’re not in a covered space – and it’s night time, and there’s just this wonderful natural beauty to that,” says Opera Queensland’s Artist in Residence Natalie Murray Beale, who will conduct the epic work with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland Chorus and a quartet of soloists: soprano Natalie Aroyan, mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic, tenor Rosario La Spina and bass-baritone Andrew Collis.

In addition to the beauty of Verdi’s music, the beauty of nature will be one of the themes running through the production. Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan is cagey about...