Washington National Opera Orchestra The City Choir of Washington The Catholic University of America Chorus
Updated 6/22: This performance is currently sold out. If you want to be placed on a wait list please contact the presenter Louisa Hollman at DRTerezin@gmail.com. This wait list is not being handled by the Kennedy Center.
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezíntells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II who performed the Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a smuggled score in hand, the famous Mass was performed 16 times, including once before Adolph Eichmann and a Red Cross delegation. The performances came to symbolize resistance and answering the worst of mankind with the best.
Under the direction of conductor Murry Sidlin, this multimedia concert drama combines Verdi's magnificent music with testimony from survivors of the original chorus, a propaganda film about the camp, and actors speaking the words of imprisoned conductor Rafael Schaëchter and other prisoners. The performance is powerful and inspirational, with a contemporary message of hope.
Performance Timing: 2 hours, with NO intermission. There is a brief pause after the first 10 minutes.
Program Note: This performance is suitable for age 18 and up; parental guidance is advised.