Large-scale co-production by the Ballett and Oper Zurich

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.

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

Giuseppe Verdi
Messa da Requiem

Recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich, Dezember 2016
Subtitles: Original (Latein), English, Japanese, Korean
Bonus Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean
DVD 96.11 min
Bonus Running Time 57.12 min
Picture Format NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code 0 (weltweit)
Disc Format DVD-9


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