11/05/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/05/2020 08:41
This broadcast continues the BBC's commitment to supporting live music at a time of enormous challenge for venues and musicians, and to bringing great performances to wide audiences when attendance is prohibited due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Performed and recorded specially for a lockdown television audience at the London Coliseum, Mark Wigglesworth makes a welcome return to the podium to conduct the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra and a stellar line up of soloists: Elizabeth Llewellyn, Dame Sarah Connolly, Ed Lyon and Gerald Finley.
This much-anticipated 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.'
Stuart Murphy, CEO, ENO, says: 'We are so excited that BBC Two will be broadcasting Mozart's Requiem from English National Opera to audiences up and down the country. As we enter a second national lockdown, this year continues to be a very difficult time for arts institutions. ENO is determined to continue to make opera for everyone despite the current challenges, and the BBC's support in enabling us to do this has been brilliant.'
Mozart's Requiem from English National Opera was ordered by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two, and commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Music TV Commissioning and is managed and produced by Paul Bullock for BBC Studios Music and Entertainment Wales and English National Opera.