Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Samantha Clarke soprano
Toby Spence tenor
David Greco baritone
Lyn Williams AM children's chorus director
Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus director
Britten War Requiem
About this performance
The MSO is joined by the MSO Chorus, Gondwana Voices and a stellar line up of soloists for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem – a moving and unsettling pacifist commentary on the horrors of war.
Britten’s War Requiem was composed for the 1962 opening of a newly-built cathedral in Coventry, England – situated next to the ruins of its predecessor, obliterated during the Second World War.
With his unique harmonic voice, Britten’s beautiful and deeply sobering setting of text by WWI poet Wilfred Owen and the Latin Requiem provides direct pacifist commentary while also honouring and remembering the lives of those lost.
Prepare for one of the biggest, boldest MSO performances of the year!
Duration: approx. 90 minutes, no interval