The world’s greatest directors can make classical texts shine like they were new. One goes further. Romeo Castellucci effectively gives birth to them again as contemporary masterworks.
The colossal imagination of this pioneering writer/director/designer has astonished audiences the world over. His hallucinatory imagery provokes almost visceral responses, and, like music itself, manages to be revelatory and ineffable. When the house lights return it’s like waking from a powerful dream.
This production features a cast of internationally acclaimed soloists - Sara Mingardo (alto), Martin Mitterrutzner (tenor), David Greco (bass), alongside Australia’s rising global star Siobhan Stagg (soprano). Together with a chorus of 36 and a cast of extraordinary performers, they create a deeply moving ritual of life and death, extinction and the possibility of rebirth.
Mozart raced the grim reaper to complete the incomparable Requiem that he knew was to be his own. The music will take your breath away. The searing images you will encounter, some universally recognisable, some utterly unearthly, will reach deep into your unconscious. Profound, primal and never to be forgotten.
Sublime music made alive in pure theater
A splendid meditation on the beauty of the world and its disintegration
Event additional information
New production of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in co-production with Adelaide Festival, Theater Basel, Wiener Festwochen, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
Presented by the Adelaide Festival in association with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre.
Conductor Rory Macdonald
Stage Director, Set, Costume and Lighting Designer Romeo Castellucci
Associate Director and Costume Designer Silvia Costa
Dramaturge Piersandra di Matteo
Choreographer Evelin Facchini
Revival Director Josie Daxter
Costume Designer Assistant Elisabeth de Sauverzac
Associate Lighting Designer Marco Giusti
Chorus Master and Associate Conductor Brett Weymark
The presentation of Requiem has been made possible by the Adelaide Festival Chairman’s Circle, the Adelaide Festival Opera Donor Circle (Leading Patrons Maureen Wheeler AO, David McKee AO & Pam McKee) and MM Electrical Merchandising.