Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this unique imagining of the Bard's King Lear, alongside the composer's towering Requiem. Heart-stopping melodies and breathtaking choruses reveal Verdi at the moment of his death, weighing fragments of his life, telling the story of the opera Lear which he never completed, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging processs. Acclaimed conductor/composer/pianist Paul Leavitt and eight opera singers distill this music to its fiery spiritual core. Steven Scott Mazzola directs this world-premiere piece written by Timothy Nelson, and starring Helen Hayes Award winner, Nanna Ingvarsson. Sung in Latin with English dialogue.