Messa da Requiem – Adelaide Festival 2023

Concert or Performance

8 Mar 2023 to 11 Mar 2023 Once Only Event

Ballett Zürich
w/ Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & Adelaide Festival Chorus
Choreography & Production by Christian Spuck

Verdi’s mighty Requiem is a sacred oratorio with opera coursing through its veins. It runs the gamut from whispered pianissimos to some of the most shattering climaxes ever written. Christian Spuck – who won the ballet world’s top award for best choreographer in 2019 – thrusts this already spectacular work into a new orbit, thoroughly integrating the eighty-strong choral ensemble into the maelstrom of his extraordinary staging.

Oratorios have been theatricalised before, but this is a pioneering piece. Every contour of Verdi’s score is given physical shape. The huge mass of humanity is moulded to become a tidal wave, a ship’s prow, some gigantic reptilian beast, while the dancers’ glorious solos and intertwining ensembles poignantly express the composer’s vision of death as every individual’s most solitary and mysterious challenge.

The Adelaide Festival has presented many large-scale theatrical events, but this work is unprecedented in its magnitude. Over 170 Adelaide singers and musicians join 36 dancers from one of Europe’s most revered ballet companies to perform a total work of art that will be talked about for years.

Whether you love opera, dance, choral music, theatre or all four, a profound experience awaits.

“Truly sublime.” – BACHTRACK

Event Dates

Once Only Event

8 Mar 2023 to 11 Mar 2023

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