On 6 and 7 November, a starry line-up of soloists join the orchestra and chorus of ENO for performances of one of the most moving pieces of music in the choral repertoire, Mozart’s Requiem.
The piece will be sung to a live audience safely spaced in the huge Coliseum, and should restrictions change, it will be streamed instead.
Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, tenor Toby Spence and bass Brindley Sherratt sing the solo parts of the piece that comes so late in the composer’s brief and brilliant career that he did not complete it before his own death in 1791. Franz Xaver Süssmayer is the fellow Austrian whose completion of the unfinished manuscript is most often performed.
Only weeks before lockdown, Llewellyn was tremendously impressive in ENO's wonderfully sung Luisa Miller. Returning to that same stage after such a catastrophic year for live music-making is sure to be a powerful moment.
Toby Spence is the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem at the Coliseum. Photo: Mitch Jenkins
The choice of work for ENO’s return to the Coliseum reflects performers' and audience's experience of Covid-19, while rejoicing in perfect music-making.
Says new artistic director of ENO Annilese Miskimmon: ‘It is important to acknowledge the full impact of Covid-19, and the loss we have suffered as a country. Mozart’s Requiem is the perfect music to provide a moment of reflection for our audiences, for a collective moment of remembrance.’
Conducting will be music director Martyn Brabbins, who says: ‘This period without the opportunity to make music come alive, both for the ENO orchestra and chorus, and for our loyal and supportive audience, has been unbearably difficult. These performances of Mozart’s moving Requiem, with four wonderful soloists, will bring us all joyously back together.’
Booking details for the two matinee and two evening performances are yet to be announced. Revisit this page for times and prices, or sign up for the ENO newsletter.
So far in central London, major music venues the Coliseum, the Barbican, Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and St John's Smith Square have reopened, and for opera-lovers happy to travel, live performances have been scheduled at Glyndebourne, Garsington and Grange Park.
All eyes and ears are now on the Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre. Watch Culture Whisper for updates.
|What||Coliseum reopens with ENO in Mozart's Requiem|
|Where||English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
06 Nov 20 – 07 Nov 20, four performances, times vary
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|