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Verdi's Requiem,
breath of resistance and life

In 2021, vivOpera will be presenting a musical drama inspired by the work of the conductor Rafael Schächter, who performed Verdi’s Requiem as a breath of resistance and life at the Terezín concentration camp.

This new work highlights the Requiem as a beacon of hope and openness towards others in the fight against indifference and barbarism in all its forms.

"We sing to them what
we can not say to them."
Rafael Schächter
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The project / the REKVIEM Programme

Rekviem is a stage production, educational initiatives, artistic invitations, an artistic movement against hatred, a documentary and a feature film.

Rekviem was born from a profound desire to communicate to the world an awareness of the power inherent in music to transcend situations bereft of hope.

In 1943, a handful of men and women musicians in Terezín used Verdi’s Requiem to kindle the flames of an extraordinary act of resistance to horror, enlightening us on how to transcend, federate, resist, soothe and heal the scourges of the Old World through art and music.

Today, as our world experiences great suffering, there is an upsurge in the fear of going without, the fear of others, ghettoisation — even negationism —which once again blocks out the lights of peace, causing inner panic.

Consequently, our mission as artists is crucial, more so than ever before.

Rekviem is the power to say no, to stand up and be counted, as human beings. Quite simply, the power to carry on embodying humanity even in places where attempts are being made to deny its very existence, to exterminate it.

From a musical work that expresses the inexpressible to an artistic movement against hatred #WeAreRekviem.

The project has the support of committed public figures, who include Robert Badinter, HSH the Prince Albert of Monaco, France's Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, soprano & actress Natalie Dessay, stage director Pier Luigi Pizzi, Nikolaus Bachler from the Bayerische Staatsoper, Terezín survivor Michael Gruenbaum, The Chief Rabbi of France Haïm Korsia, Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein (Violins of Hope), former Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand, Defender of Rights Jacques Toubon and lawyer Jean Veil, the son of Simone Veil.

An adaptation of Verdi's Requiem for 16 singers, 13 musicians, an actor and a Violin of Hope, directed by Carmelo Agnello. The performance lasts approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.

While we wait for theatres and other emblematic places to reopen, robust educational and social initiatives are taking shape both in France and abroad, scheduled to start in September 2021. In the meantime, vivOpera is already making available its Rekviem Programme, designed to initiate thinking on respecting diversity and accepting differences, and to encourage cross-disciplinary artistic creation and proposals for taking action.

More than simply reacting, we need to take urgent action aimed at different audiences. The aim of these initiatives is to bring about acceptance of other people and their differences in order to live together.
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Verdi’s Requiem

1943
The Terezín Requiem

2013
Workshop in the Amphitheatre, Paris Opera-Bastille

2021
Educational and social initiatives

2021-2022
Rekviem stage production
Movement #WeAreRekviem
Artistic invitations

2023
Documentary

2024
Feature film

The team

  • Vincent Simonet

    Artistic Direction
    Production
  • Ania Wozniak

    Educational initiatives
    Production
  • Aurore Quintard

    Educational initiatives
    Production
  • Carmelo Agnello

    Stage Direction
  • Miguel Campos Neto

    Musical direction
  • Jorge Chaminé

    Music consultancy and partner
  • Bruno Peterschmitt

    Orchestration
  • Adeline Caron

    Scenography
  • Joseph Paris

    Videographer
  • Hind Meddeb

    Documentary Director
  • Mimi Durand Kurihara

    Patronage
    Arts and Patrons
  • Frédérique Gerbelle

    Executive Production
    Céleste Productions
  • Jeanne Coussy

    Production manager
    Céleste Productions
  • Florent Haentjens

    Production manager
    Céleste Productions
  • Hélène Mayzou

    Stage manager

The company



contact@vivopera.com

+33 (0) 6 87 77 55 00

President
Ourdia Quintard

Treasurer 
Alexis Jarnoux

Administration
Alice Milot

Artistic Direction
Vincent Simonet
vincentsimonet@vivopera.com

Aurore Quintard
aurorequintard@vivopera.com

Ania Wozniak
aniawozniak@vivopera.com

Board of directors 

Edouard Brane 
Jorge Chaminé 
Jean-Patrick Farrugia 
Mathieu Ferey 
Hanieh Hadizadeh 
Abdelilah Laloui
Paolo Moscovici 
Stéphane Nivet 
Paul Tuszynski Richman
Shelly Verthime  

Executive Producer
Frédérique Gerbelle / Céleste Productions
fgerbelle@lesgrandesvoix.fr

Production managers
Jeanne Coussy, Florent Haentjens / Céleste Productions
jcoussy@lesgrandesvoix.fr
fhaentjens@lesgrandesvoix.fr

Stage managers
Hélène Mayzou, Edouard Gay
helenemayzou@gmail.com
edouard.gay@gmail.com

Head of educational programmes and social initiatives
Ania Wozniak / Paris 
aniawozniak@vivopera.com
Aurore Quintard / New York
aurorequintard@vivopera.com

Patronage
Mimi Durand Kurihara / Arts and Patrons
mdk@artsandpatrons.com

Partners

>Arts and Patrons
>Céleste Productions
>Centre Européen de Musique / CEM
>Defiant Requiem
>Emancip'Action 
>La Maison de la Vie Associative et Citoyenne du 8ème

>LICRA 
>Tous Curieux
>Violins of Hope 


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Web design: Timothée Rolin www.timotheerolin.com
Rekviem logo graphic design: Myriam Barchechat / Fact Form Fiction
English-language version: Paul-Jonathan Tuszynski Richman