Ballett Zurich headlines Adelaide Festival

Photo by Gregory Batardon

In what promises to be a memorable production, the Adelaide Festival has announced that Christian Spuck’s ‘monumental’ Requiem Mass will be one of the star attractions of 2023. Created in Milan in 1874, Verdi’s requiem is an oratorio whose opera runs through its veins. This production will bring together the dancers of Ballet Zurich in Switzerland with local choristers, soloists and musicians; a total of 200 artists.

Born in Germany, Spuck established himself as a choreographer with the Stuttgart Ballet, for which he created 15 major works that carry on the narrative ballet tradition of the company established by John Cranko. In recent years, the beloved choreographer has extended his artistic reach to film and opera. Spuck has directed Ballett Zürich since 2012 and was recently appointed Artistic Director of Staatsballett Berlin, starting in 2023.

Internationally acclaimed German conductor Johannes Fritzsch will bring the Adelaide production to life in partnership with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra while the Adelaide Festival Chorus – an 80-piece choral ensemble – will join sought-after soloists including acclaimed tenor Paul O’Neill, soprano Eleanor Lyons, mezzo soprano Caitlin Hulcup and bass Pelham Andrews.

Originally scheduled for the 2021 and then 2022 Adelaide Festival by former co-directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy, the production fell victim to the pandemic but will now play at the Adelaide Festival Theater from March 8-11.

The full Adelaide Festival 2023 program will launch on November 9.

Photo by Carlos Quezada
Photo by Carlos Quezada

Gerald R. Schneider