Messa da Requiem

The recording was available from Friday, 5 June to Sunday, 7 June 24:00.

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With the Messa da Requiem, Christian Spuck brought one of Verdi's key works to the stage. In a large-scale co-production by the Ballett and Oper Zürich, the German choreographer and director ventured to portray an unusual interpretation of Verdi's funeral mass in his scenic-choreographic production.

36 dancers, the choir and supplementary choir of the Opernhaus Zürich as well as four highly acclaimed soloists joined together under the direction of Fabio Luisi for 13 wide-ranging scenes dedicated to one of the most fundamental themes of humanity. Christian Spuck does not seek a merer religious interpretation of the liturgical text. Instead, he is interested in focusing on people who, in their vulnerability and helplessness, are in the search for comfort. In poetic tableaux he deals with basic human emotions and focuses on the feelings of fear, rage, pain, sadness and the search for redemption.

A production by Accentus Music in co-production with NHK, Schweizer Fernsehen, SRG SSR and Arte G.E.I.E., in cooperation with Opernhaus Zürich.

Trailer «Messa da Requiem»


Fabio Luisi Conductor
Christian Spuck Choreographer and Stage Director
Christian Schmidt Set Designer
Emma Ryott Costume Designer
Martin Gebhardt Lighting Designer
Marcovalerio Marletta Chorus Master

Krassimira Stoyanova Soprano
Veronica Simeoni Mezzo-soprano
Francesco Meli Tenor
Georg Zeppenfeld Bass

Ballett Zürich
Philharmonia Zürich
Chor und Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich



Photos «Messa da Requiem»

The live recording of Messa da Requiem and the documentary film Schritt ins Unbekannte – Christian Spucks Weg zu Verdis Requiem are available on DVD.
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