Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass in War Requiem.
The result is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century, and a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.
ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’s contemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.
Wolfgang Tillmans joins the production team as designer, making his ENO debut. Tillmans is a Turner Prize-winning artist and designer.
War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.
The music is sung in English and Latin, with a surtitles system displaying the sung words and translation above the stage.