##This is a profoundly human text in religious & musical culture. In it, the fear of death and its uncertainties conceal, not always with equal fortune, a profound love of life whose end gives meaning to all the intimate reflections set out in the texts in memory of the deceased.
A poem of universal essence and universalising capacity, the precious two-sided coin that favours a vital, hopeful and luminous reading of a dramatic text which, from literature that presents humanity at its most intimate and serious … to its most multitudinous expression and to the most exultant celebration of life itself, something that we fear so much to lose.
Les Arts opens the season with Mozart’s Requiem, a title planned for the opening of the previous season which could not be performed due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is a moving performance based on Mozart’s famous posthumous work, in co-production with several European theatres and festivals. For the first time, the unfinished Requiem by the Salzburg composer is performed – with a staging of extraordinary beauty, the result of the creative ingenuity of stage director Romeo Castellucci, in which choir, soloists and dancers take part. A theatricalised version of the Mass for the Dead, where death is seen as a rebirth to a life full of hope, and which was a resounding success with audiences and critics at the world premiere of the production at the 2019 Aix-en-Provence Festival. James Gaffigan, a connoisseur and interpreter of Mozart’s music, especially the Requiem, which he has already approached with notable success as conductor of the Orchestre National de France, conducts the theatre’s resident choir and orchestra in his first appearance as music director of Les Arts. He is accompanied by the outstanding voices of Elena Tsallagova, Sara Mingardo, Sebastian Kohlhepp and Nahuel Di Pierro.
30 Thursday 20:00h
02 Saturday 19:00h
03 Sunday 18:00h
06 Wednesday 20:00h
08 Friday 20:00h
10 Sunday 18:00h
Stage, set, costume and lighting direction
Associate Stage Manager
Piersandra di Matteo
Nahuel Di Pierro
Escolania Mare de Déu dels Desemparats
Choir of the Generalitat Valenciana
Conductor Francesc Perales
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (Orchestra of the Valencian Community)
New production of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, in co-production with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Adelaide Festival, Theatre Basel, Wiener Festwochen and La Monnaie.
PALAU DE LES ARTS VALENCIA
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 1,
All ‘Requiem’ photos by Miguel Lorenzo & Mikel Ponce