War Requiem

A masterpiece in the guise of a musical protest against the horrors of war

23 to 24 june 2017

War Requiem, Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, decries the horror and destruction of war. Directed by Calixto Bieito, a large choir, a children’s choir, a chamber orchestra, a symphony orchestra, an organist, and three magnificent soloists are performing in this powerful musical that is an ode to peace, and which is just as necessary today as it was when it was performed for the first time after the Second World War.

War Requiem was written to commemorate the reopening of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, which had been razed to the ground when it was bombed in 1940, in an attack that destroyed around 4,000 homes.

Britten’s requiem was immediately considered a masterpiece by critics and audiences alike, and since then it has been performed frequently around the world. In this spectacular production, the theatre will be turned into the cathedral during its reconstruction process.


The team

War Requiem, by Benjamin Britten

Soprano: Natalia Tanasii

Tenor: Rolf Romei

Baritone: Thomas E. Bauer


Sociedad Coral de Bilbao

Choir Conductor: Enrique Azurza

BOS - Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa

Stage design: Susanne Gschwender

Lighting design: Michael Bauer

Figurines: Ingo Krügler

Assistant director: Barbora Horáková

Conductor: Erik Nielsen

Performance director: Calixto Bieito


Performance presented in collaboration with the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

This opera is a Norwegian National Opera & Ballet's production


23 June. 08:00pm

24 June. 08:00pm


from €17 to €65 / discounts

Applicable discounts:

Friends of the Arriaga: from 25% to 35%

Groups, large families, under 30’s and over 65’s, people with a disability in excess of 33% and the unemployed: 25%.

Last Minute Discount: 50% (for the aforementioned groups, except Friends of the Arriaga)

Disabled people in a wheelchair: 50% (stalls in front of the stage and one companion)


1 hour 30 minutes