Under the direction of Calixto Bieito, Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece War Requiem is a clear protest against terror and the destruction of war. A large chorus, children’s chorus, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, organ and three outstanding soloists perform this powerful musical call for peace, which is just as necessary today as it was when the work was first performed in the aftermath of the Second World War.
The traditional parts of the Catholic requiem are sung by the soprano soloist and chorus, accompanied by a large orchestra and organ. Anti-war poems by Wilfred Owen (1893–1918) provide contrast and commentary. These are sung by the tenor and baritone soloists, who personify the soldiers subjected to the hopelessness of war.
War Requiem was written to mark the reopening of Coventry Cathedral in 1962. In the Opera's production, the Main House is turned into a cathedral in the process of being reconstructed.
Music: Benjamin Britten
Libretto: Benjamin Britten, etter latinske messeledd og dikt av Wilfred Owen
Direction: Calixto Bieito
Soloists: Natalia Tanasii - soprano, Yngve Søberg - baritone, Evan LeRoy Johnson - tenor
Ensembles: The Opera Orchestra, The Opera Choir, The Opera's childrens choir
Musical direction: Lothar Koenigs
The performance is presented in collaboration with the 2016 Ulimta Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.
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- October 3, 2016 - October 3, 2016