Communities divided. Generations shattered. Nations split apart. Can a world fractured by war ever make peace with itself?
War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.
Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. 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.
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.
Daniel Kramer’s unforgettable staging of Britten’s anti-war masterpiece
This stirring ENO staging deserves a wide audience
ENO's attempt to turn Britten's choral masterpiece into an opera had all the subtlety of a fifth-form school play
Superb soloists lift this over-busy English National Opera production, securely conducted by Martyn Brabbins and featuring scenery by Wolfgang Tillmans
A humbling and unforgettable evening
The quality of the singing is superb