TU 27.06.2023, 7.30 PM

Messa da Requiem

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Choreography by Christian Spuck


»It is an aesthetic delight. The evening is inspiring and gripping... a prelude of great impact.« – taz

»It is a total work of art that lives from the interplay of many great individual performances. The production is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this season in Berlin.« –¬ Morgenpost

»Christian Spuck has brilliantly introduced himself to Berlin with MESSA DA REQUIEM.« – Tagesspiegel

»[Christian Spuck's] Berlin debut could hardly have been more fulminant than with Verdi's MESSA DA REQUIEM.« – Berliner Zeitung


MESSA DA REQUIEM is one of Giuseppe Verdi's central works. It premiered in Milan in 1874 and remains one of the most moving works of his oeuvre. Verdi himself might have set Latin text and Catholic liturgy to music, however, he famously had something universally human in mind when he created this composition after several personal tragedies. Much like Verdi, Christian Spuck is not concerned with a religious interpretation of the text. He is rather interested in portraying people who, in their vulnerability and helplessness, are searching for consolation.

»In its essence, Verdi's REQUIEM, a large-scale oratorio, is about humankind and its relationship towards death as well as the big question: who are we? Where do we come from? Where do we go? By reflecting on mortality, we are confronted with ourselves. Humankind looks inward in the face of death. I believe in that sense, Verdi, who was a church critic, composed his REQUIEM.«

Christian Spuck brings his successful Zurich production to Berlin, which tells of emotions such as fear, anger, pain and grief through monumental imagery, dealing with the boundaries between life an death. The Staatsballett Berlin dancers are joined by the Rundfunkchor Berlin (Musical Director Gijs Leenaars) as well as renowned vocal soloists to stage this significant work.

Co-produced by the Staatsballett Berlin and the Rundfunkchor Berlin

  • Choreography and staging: Christian Spuck
  • Music: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Stage design: Christian Schmidt
  • Costume design: Emma Ryott
  • Lighting design: Martin Gebhardt
  • Dramaturgy: Michael Küster, Claus Spahn
  • Chorus master: Justus Barleben
  • Conductor: Nicholas Carter
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  • Soprano: Olesya Golovneva
  • Mezzo-soprano: Annika Schlicht
  • Tenor: Andrei Danilov
  • Bass: Lawson Anderson
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  • Soloists and corps de ballet of the Staatsballett Berlin
  • Rundfunkchor Berlin
  • Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
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  • Co-produced by the Staatsballett Berlin and the Rundfunkchor Berlin

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