Defiant Requiem tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi’s stunning Requiem Mass, despite experiencing the depths of human degradation. Combining Verdi’s magnificent music with video testimony from survivors, this powerful and dramatic work will move you.
Created and conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features a full performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass. The performance includes actors, historic film footage from Terezín and interviews with original chorus members relating the full, impassioned story of how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform the Verdi Requiem during their darkest hours.
Murry Sidlin, creator & conductor
John Rubinstein & David Prather, actors
Aga Mikolaj, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Edgaras Montvidas, tenor
Nathan Stark, bass
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
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