Coliseum reopens with Requiem

English National Opera is to reopen with a special performance of Mozart’s Requiem in recognition of the nation’s struggles during the Covid-19 crisis.

ENO’s chorus and orchestra will perform for socially distanced audiences at opera company’s home, the Coliseum, on November 6 and 7, conducted by ENO music director Martyn Brabbins, the first live ENO performance at the theatre since March.

“It is important to acknowledge the full impact of Covid-19, and the loss we have suffered as a country” said Annilese Miskimmon, the company’s artistic director. “Mozart’s Requiem is the perfect music to provide a moment of reflection for our audiences, for a collective moment of remembrance. It will be a moment of great happiness for ENO to welcome people back to the London Coliseum again.”

There will be both matinees and evening performances on both days, and ENO is hoping that government restrictions will allow live performances with audiences. Otherwise the concert will be livestreamed.

Meanwhile, the six West End Nimax theatres in London’s West End are to open in sequence, starting on October 22, and Nimax CEO Nicca Burns said the first performance, of This is Going to Hurt written and performed by a performer NHS doctor, Adam Kay, will be a free performance at the Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue, for NHS staff only.

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