Eun Sun Kim to Lead Christian Spuck & Dutch National Opera & Ballet’s ‘Messa da Requiem’

By David Salazar

The Dutch National Opera & Ballet is set to present “Messa da Requiem”  starting on February 9, 2023.

The showcase, which runs for a total of 12 performances through Feb. 25, presents a reimagined exploration of Verdi’s famed “Requiem” through the eyes of Christian Spuck, who will direct and choreograph the piece. Per an official press release, “drawing on a refined abstract movement idiom, [Spuck] steers clear of the religious associations of hell and damnation. Instead, he brings universal human emotions associated with death to the fore, addressing sorrow, fear of the unknown and anger about the fragility of human existence in an impressive mix of vocal music and dance.”

Eun Sun Kim will conduct two casts. The opening night cast will feature Federica Lombardi, Yulia Matochkina, Freddie de Tommaso, and Alexander Vinogradov. The second cast, which gets its first appearance on Feb. 10, 2023, includes Guanqun Yu, Agnieszka Rehlis, Saimir Pirgu, and Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev.

The performances will also feature the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dutch National Ballet, and the Chorus of the Dutch National Opera.

Christian Schmidt will provide the set design with Emma Ryott as the costume designer. Martin Behardt will design the lighting and Maichael Küster and Claus Spahn will provide the dramaturgy.