Verdi’s Requiem: Once experienced, never forgotten

Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival enjoys bringing audiences experiences like no other. And Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ at HOTA Outdoor Stage certainly fits the bill.

Get the family together or a group of music loving friends, some blankies, and a delicious picnic basket, and enjoy Giuseppe Verdi’s sombre classical masterpiece ‘Requiem’ when it comes to life in a blockbuster outdoor music concert under the stars at HOTA, Home of the Arts in April 2019.

The collaboration with Opera Queensland and Griffith University will transform HOTA’s epic outdoor stage into a fiery ceremonial sanctuary for a powerful rendition of the classic, directed by Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan and featuring over 150 musicians and singers.

In this special event, exclusive to the Gold Coast, leading site-specific designer and fire artist Alex Podger (Dark Mofo, Woodford Folk Festival) will design the outdoor space, with video and lighting by Mark Howett. Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale – Creative Director of Independent Opera at London’s iconic Sadler’s Wells – will conduct.

Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ is widely regarded as one of the post powerful works for orchestra and voice ever written. When Verdi’s dear friend, poet and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died, Verdi was too grief-stricken to attend the funeral, instead composing a requiem to honour his memory.

Director Patrick Nolan said ‘Requiem’ was a masterpiece for the stage; “once experienced, never forgotten”.

“Verdi’s gift for dramatic writing is on full display in this remarkable score,” Nolan said.

Asking the grand questions of life, it takes the audience on an intense musical journey from the depths of profound despair to ecstatic hope.


Verdi’s Requiem will hit the HOTA Outdoor Stage for one performance only on 27 April. Tickets are on sale via For full Bleach* Festival programming, visit

Bleach* – The Gold Coast Festival is proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science; and Tourism and Events Queensland. 

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