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14 Sep 2020

English National Opera to reopen the London Coliseum with performances of Mozart’s Requiem

English National Opera (ENO) will reopen the London Coliseum to socially distanced audiences on 6 and 7 November for special performances of Mozart’s Requiem. These will provide audiences with an opportunity to reflect upon and to commemorate the difficulties the nation has faced during the pandemic.

Members of the award winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra will be conducted by ENO Music Director, Martyn Brabbins and will be joined by four soloists - Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Dame Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Toby Spence (Tenor) and Brindley Sherratt (Bass).

Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director, ENO, said: 'It is important to acknowledge the full impact of Covid-19, and the loss we have suffered as a country. 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.'

Martyn Brabbins, Music Director, ENO, said: 'This period without the opportunity to make music come alive, both for the ENO orchestra and chorus, and for our loyal and supportive audience, has been unbearably difficult. These performances of Mozart’s moving Requiem, with four wonderful soloists, will bring us all joyously back together.'

There will be matinee and evening performances at the London Coliseum on 6 and 7 November. Ticket details will be announced in due course.

Please note that if government restrictions mean that a socially distanced audience are not able to watch the performance, ENO will livestream this concert.

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