Tonight Opera of the Week – Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli

Tonight Opera of the Week – Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli


norman lebrecht

September 30, 2021

Opera of the week – Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli

In an unusual twist, Dutch National Opera presents the Missa in a fully staged version, courtesy of Slippedisc and OperaVision. Their modern interpretation reveals the flip side of the unshakeable faith that runs through every note of Haydn’s mass. What emerges is the portrait of people who suffer under the heavy burden of a new-minded ideology. Taking Haydn’s ‘Mass in time of war’ as its centrepiece, this special performance under the baton of the DNO’s new chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti combines music theatre, dance, electronic composition and video. Choreographer Juanjo Arqués’ nine dancers give physical expression to the contrasts central to director Barbora Horáková’s vision, while electronic composer Janiv Oron counterbalances Haydn’s religious music with live sound effects. 

Cast:    soprano : Janai Brugger Alto: Polly Leech Tenor: Mingjie Lei bass : Johannes Kammler

Dancers: Dutch National Ballet Chorus: Chorus of Dutch National Opera Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Photosensitive warning: this video contains flashes of light that could trigger seizures for people with visual sensitivities. 

Available tonight Thursday 30 September 2021 at 19.00 CET,  18.00 London 13.00 NY    until 30 December 2021