BBC Two to broadcast Mozart’s Requiem
James R | On 13, Nov 2020
BBC Two will broadcast Mozart’s Requiem from the English National Opera this weekend.
The broadcast continues the BBC’s commitment to supporting live music at a time of enormous challenge for venues and musicians, and to bringing performances to wide audiences when attendance is prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Performed and recorded specially for a lockdown television audience at the London Coliseum, Mark Wigglesworth makes a return to the podium to conduct the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra and a line-up of soloists that includes Elizabeth Llewellyn, Dame Sarah Connolly, Ed Lyon and Gerald Finley.
The performance of Mozart’s choral masterpiece was scheduled to take place in front of a live audience, but the recent lockdown restrictions in England have made that impossible and it will now be staged – following the Government safety measures for the performers, crew and presenters and TV production teams – especially for this broadcast.
Jan Younghusband, Head of Music Commissioning, says: “Mozart’s Requiem is music of tremendous compassion and power and we are delighted to support ENO in bringing it to a national audience on BBC Two at this time.”
It will sure on Saturday 14th November at 7pm, presented by Danielle De Niese.