9-25 Feb 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
1:30, no interval
Impressive chorus, soloists and dancers directed and choreographed by Christian Spuck
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
This requiem mass is sung in Latin.
Christian Spuck’s production of Messa da Requiem touches on general human themes and is not a choreographic interpretation of the Catholic Requiem text.
In order to emphasise the cross-denominational character of the performance, the artistic production team has decided not to use surtitles during this performance.
Follow the link below to view the original text and English translation of Messa da Requiem.
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
Federica Lombardi (9, 13, 16, 19, 21 and 25 Feb)
Guanqun Yu (10, 14, 17 and 22 Feb)
Yulia Matochkina (9, 13, 16, 19 and 21 Feb)
Agnieszka Rehlis (10, 14, 17, 22 and 25 Feb)
Freddie de Tommaso (9, 13, 16, 19 and 21 Feb)
Saimir Pirgu (10, 14, 17, 22 and 25 Feb)
Alexander Vinogradov (9, 13, 16, 19 and 21 Feb)
Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev (10, 14, 17, 22 and 25 Feb)
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
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
‘That first moment when everyone draws a collective breath’
Conductor Eun Sun Kim about Verdi and freedom.
Photo: Eun Sun Kim | © Kim Tae-hwan
And how beautifully they danced. When the Lacrymosa begins, the choreography flows fantastically organically and harmoniously from the swaying music. ... Dutch National Opera's Chorus once again had a brilliant leading role after Puccini's Turandot. The singers sang and played as if their lives depended on it.
To the 'Dies Irae', two hundred fists rhythmically boxed along ... Ballerina Olga Smirnova embodies emotion ...
The seamless interaction between opera and ballet produces wonderful moments during the 'Messa da Requiem' ... Suffering and dying are ever-present in Christian Spuck's stunning blend of classical ballet and angular modern dance.
Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera join forces in a theatrical performance of Verdi's dramatically evocative Requiem. ... Spuck gives plenty of space to the four solo singers and ballet soloists in his staging.
Messa da Requiem - Podcast
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.