9-25 Feb 2023


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

1:30, no interval


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Messa da Requiem

Impressive gesamtkunstwerk to Verdi’s requiem

Following the success of Missa in tempore belli the previous season, the Chorus of Dutch National Opera and the dancers of Dutch National Ballet are combining forces once more. Led by choreographer and director Christian Spuck, they share the stage with four soloists, accompanied by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In his interpretation of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Spuck brings together vocal music and dance with great virtuosity, in poetically powerful tableaux. 

Photo: Carlos Quezada

Impressive gesamtkunstwerk to Verdi’s requiem

New collaboration between opera and ballet

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem is sometimes jokingly referred to as ‘Verdi’s best opera’ due to its operatic nature. Verdi put so much drama into the solemn mass that it cries out for a theatrical interpretation, with the addition of moving bodies. Christian Spuck, a product of the renowned choreographic school of Stuttgarter Ballett, has created an unusual staged and choreographic interpretation of the impressive work. For the large-scale production, which had its world premiere at Opernhaus Zürich in 2016, he worked with no fewer than 36 dancers, over 100 chorus members and vocal soloists. 


Universal emotions 

Spuck’s interpretation of Verdi’s famous requiem is an unusual one. Drawing on a refined abstract movement idiom, he steers clear of the religious associations of hell and damnation. Instead, he brings universal human emotions associated with death to the fore, addressing sorrow, fear of the unknown and anger about the fragility of human existence in an impressive mix of vocal music and dance. 


Leading director and choreographer 

Spuck has been artistic director of Ballett Zürich since 2012 and will take up the position of director of Staatsballett Berlin in 2023. Besides the ballets he has created for Ballett Zürich and other leading companies, he has also choreographed and directed several highly acclaimed opera and film productions and won many awards for his work. The musical director is the up-and-coming conductor Eun Sun Kim, who was recently appointed musical director with San Francisco Opera. She will be leading the orchestra, the large chorus and four of today’s most prominent Verdi singers. 

Performance Information

Requiem Mass

Sung in Latin

Musical direction Eun Sun Kim
Choreography and stage direction Christian Spuck
Set design Christian Schmidt
Costumes design Emma Ryott
Lighting design Martin Gebhardt
Dramaturgy Michael Küster, Claus Spahn 

Soprano Federica Lombardi, Guanqun Yu
Mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina, Agnieszka Rehlis
Tenor Freddie de Tommaso
Bass Alexander Vinogradov, Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Dutch National Ballet (soloists t.b.a)
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper

Original production by Opernhaus Zürich


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Jeugd t/m 16 jaar
1st € 130,00 € 117,00 
2nd € 100,00  € 93,00
3rd € 80,00 € 66,00
4th € 60,00 € 50,00
5th € 42,00 € 36,00
6th € 20,00 € 17,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 1918, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is famed for the intense energy it brings to its performances. Led by principal conductor Lahav Shani, the orchestra is often commended for the huge range of colour in its sound. Lahav Shani’s predecessors, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Valery Gergiev, have both had honorific titles conferred on them as honorary conductors of the orchestra. The orchestra’s most recent collaboration with Dutch National Opera was in 2021 with the The Seven Deadly Sins. This season, they will provide the musical accompaniment to Messa da Requiem under the direction of up-and-coming conductor Eun Sun Kim.

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