Defiant Requiem

Opera Orlando is proud to present the Orlando premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, a concert-drama that combines the magnificent music of Verdi’s Requiem with video testimony from survivors of the original Terezín chorus and footage from the 1944 Nazi propaganda film about Theresienstadt. The work tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the horrors of the concentration camps. With only a single score, they performed the celebrated oratorio sixteen times amidst the most horrendous conditions.
In addition to a full orchestra and 120-member chorus, the work also weaves in actors who speak the words of imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, who organized the performances in the camp and others. The piece was conceived and created by The Defiant Requiem Foundation president Murry Sidlin, who will be on stage conducting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Orlando Chorus, and members of Orlando Sings.

For Ticket Information – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts




Sep 14 2024


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


In Person Event


Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
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