Verdi Messa da Requiem


Verdi Messa da Requiem concert. Recorded 2016 at the Opernhaus Zürich. Fabio Luisi conducts the Philharmonia Zürich and the Chor und Zusatzchor (Extra Choir) of the Zürich Opera (Chorus Master Marcovalerio Marletta). Soloists are Krassimira Soyanova (soprano), Veronica Simeoni (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor), and Georg Zeppenfeld (bass). Choreography and stage direction by Christian Spuck; set design by Christian Schmidt; costume design by Emma Ryott; lighting design by Martin Gebhardt; dramaturgy by Michael Küster and Claus Spahn. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer; produced by Paul Smaczny. Sung in Latin. Subtitles in Latin, German, English, and French. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

There is a documentary on this disc called Stepping into the unknown---Christian Spuck's production of Verdi's Requiem." So this show promises to be something new and different.  According to Steven Jude Tietjen in the April 2018 Opera News (pages 53-54), "The singers and chorus not only perform from memory, they do so while executing their own choreography and movements alongside the entire company of Ballett Zürich . . . they're integrated into the stage picture." Tietjen goes on to say "Spuck's isn't a death mass for one person. Instead, it's an invitation to look and listen inward, to search for one's own personal rest."

The first HDVD opera with ballet added was the Pina Bausch Orpheus und Eurydike. This Verdi Messa is, I gather, our first concert with ballet added.  (I think of the Béjart Ninth Symphony dance recording as a ballet set to Beethoven's 9th Symphony). We applaud this new title as yet another attempt to bring vision to the aid of classical music in a form that can be shared by people all over the world. The (pretty empressive) trailer shown below is from the Zürich opera house, but it gives us a good idea what the Accentus disc is likely to show: