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War Requiem - Opéra de Lyon / Dadaab, Kenya, le 5 août 2011 © Corentin Fohlen
War Requiem - Opéra de Lyon / Dadaab, Kenya, le 5 août 2011 © Corentin Fohlen
War Requiem - Opéra de Lyon / Dadaab, Kenya, le 5 août 2011 © Corentin Fohlen © © Corentin Fohlen
© © Corentin Fohlen

War Requiem - Benjamin Britten

From 9th to 21st October 2017 at the Opéra de Lyon

Benjamin Britten was nothing if not a pacifist. He was incidentally a conscientious objector during the Second World War and it is in this same spirit that he penned a War Requiem, to celebrate the end of all bloody conflicts and also in memory of their victims.

This unique and monumental masterpiece steeped in dramatic intensity was inspired by the Requiems composed by Verdi and Brahms. It combines religious Latin texts sung by a Russian soprano accompanied by a full orchestra, a choir of children and poems by the British poet Wilfred Owen (who died in 1918 at the age of 25 during the battle of the Somme). The poems are sung by a tenor from one of the allied nations (Englishman Paul Groves) and a baritone from an enemy nation (German Jochen Schmeckenbecher), accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

The contemporary and powerfully dramatic staging by the Japanese Yoshi Oida shows the stark contrast between the innocence of the children's choir and the unspeakable brutality of war, in any day and age.

This is the first time the War Requiem is being performed as an opera, in a dramatized version.

A universal, lucid and deeply humane work.

Information

Performances
Duration: 1h30

Monday 9, Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 October 2017 at 8 pm
Sunday 15 October 2017 at 4 pm
Tuesday 17, Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 October 2017 at 8 pm.

Prices 
From €15 to €85
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Access to the panoramic bar Les Muses on performance evenings, from 6 pm onwards.

www.opera-lyon.com/spectacle/war-requiem

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