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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

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

Scheduled for the Bayerische Staatsoper Festival in July 2021, 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, France's Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, soprano & actress Natalie Dessay, 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.
Verdi’s Requiem

The Terezín Requiem

Workshop in the Amphitheatre, Paris Opera-Bastille

Educational and social initiatives

Rekviem stage production
Movement #WeAreRekviem
Artistic invitations


Feature film

The team

  • Vincent Simonet

    Artistic Direction
  • Ania Wozniak

  • Aurore Quintard

  • Carmelo Agnello

    Stage Direction
  • Miguel Campos Neto

    Musical direction
  • Jorge Chaminé

    Music consultancy
  • Bruno Peterschmitt

  • Adeline Caron

  • Joseph Paris

  • Hind Meddeb

    Documentary Director
  • Mimi Durand Kurihara

    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

+33 (0) 6 87 77 55 00

Ourdia Quintard

Alexis Jarnoux

Alice Milot

Artistic Direction
Vincent Simonet

Aurore Quintard

Ania Wozniak

Executive Producer
Frédérique Gerbelle / Céleste Productions

Production managers
Jeanne Coussy, Florent Haentjens / Céleste Productions

Stage managers
Hélène Mayzou, Edouard Gay

Head of educational programmes and social initiatives
Ania Wozniak / Paris
Aurore Quintard / New York

Mimi Durand Kurihara / Arts and Patrons

Centre Européen de Musique / CEM

Tous Curieux
Violins of Hope 

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