Verdi’s Messa da Requiem will be brought to life this month in an extraordinary theatrical display by the Chorus of the Dutch National Opera and dancers of the Dutch National Ballet. Led by choreographer and director Christian Spuck, this project follows the success of their collaboration last season, performing Missa in tempore belli to critical acclaim.
Spuck, a product of the renowned choreographic school of Stuttgarter Ballett, brings together a hundred choral voices, 36 dancers, four soloists and accompaniment from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in a theatrical translation of this powerful work. However, his interpretation of the famous requiem is not a religious one of hell and damnation. Rather, he seeks to reveal the fragility of the human existence, addressing themes of death, sorrow, anger and fear of the unknown, while promising to interweave hope into this unforgettable performance.
Spuck will be joined by conductor Eun Sun Kim, San Francisco Opera’s Musical Director, who will be leading the musicians.
The Messa da Requiem premieres on 9 February at the Amsterdam National Opera & Ballet, with a total of 10 performances over the course of the month.
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