Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this season opener, a 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 finished, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging process. 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 In Series artistic director Timothy Nelson. Sung in Latin & English with English dialogue.