ENO announces that BBC Two is to broadcast Mozart’s Requiem

5th November 2020 in Press

English National Opera (ENO) is delighted to announce that BBC Two is to broadcast Mozart’s Requiem from English National Opera on Saturday 14 November at 19.00. Presented by Danielle de Niese, it has been performed and recorded specially for a lockdown television audience at the London Coliseum, with strict safety measures in place for the performers, crew and presenter.

Replacing Martyn Brabbins who unfortunately has had to withdraw from conducting, ENO are delighted to announce that Mark Wigglesworth will now be filling the role of Conductor.

Stuart Murphy, CEO, said: ‘We are grateful to the DCMS and Oliver Dowden for permitting ENO to perform this special concert of Mozart’s Requiem and delighted that BBC Two will enable music lovers across the country to experience it. We are thrilled to welcome Mark Wigglesworth back to the London Coliseum to conduct this brilliant piece of music and can’t wait to share it with audiences at home.’

Harry Brunjes, Chair, said: ‘We are so pleased to see Mark Wigglesworth return to the London Coliseum to conduct our award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra as we broadcast to the nation on BBC Two. Although disappointed that we will no longer be performing to a live audience, ENO cannot wait to share this musical moment with households around the country.’

Mark Wigglesworth, Conductor, said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to make music again with the inspirational musicians of English National Opera, alongside a quartet of exceptional soloists. I am sincerely grateful to Annilese Miskimmon, Stuart Murphy, and Harry Brunjes for the privilege of helping the company respond to these extraordinary times with music of such compassion and courage.’

Jan Younghusband, Head of Music Commissioning, said: ‘Mozart’s Requiem is music of tremendous compassion and power and we are delighted to support ENO in bringing it to a national audience on BBC Two at this time.’