Staatsballett Berlin at Deutsche Oper

Messa da Requiem


Bismarckstraße 35, 10627 Berlin, Deutschland

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Choreography by Christian Spuck


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 brought his successful Zurich production to Berlin in 2023, which tells of emotions such as fear, anger, pain and grief through monumental imagery, dealing with the boundaries between life and 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.


Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Olesya Golovneva
Hulkar Sabirova
Karis Tucker
Annika Schlicht
Andrei Danilov
Attilio Glaser
Lawson Anderson
Florian Schaaf
Assistant to the Set Designer
Justus Barleben
Chorus Master
Manuel Renard
Fabio Palombo
Andrea Tortosa
Chorus Staging
Christian Spuck
Choreography and Staging
Christian Schmidt
Emma Ryott
Martin Gebhardt
Lighting Design
Michael Küster
Claus Spahn
Jonathan Stockhammer
Musical Direction
Dominic Limburg
Musical Direction
Gijs Lennaars
Künstlerischer Leiter


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Staatsballett Berlin at Deutsche Oper

Bismarckstraße 35, 10627 Berlin, Deutschland

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