Confutatis Maledictis

We see Mozart in bed, dying while feverishly voicing his beautiful Requiem. Confutatis. Maledictis. It’s a haunting look into his genius and the toll it has taken on him. As each note takes Mozart closer to death , we – like Salieri here – are greedy, inadequate observers, impatiently waiting for the finished piece.



Mozart did indeed die – in 1791, at the age of 35 – before finishing his Requiem. But, despite the brilliance of this scene from Milos Foreman’s 1984 Amadeus, there was no deathbed transcribing with the cinematically maligned Antonio Salieri. It was Mozart’s pupil, Franz Xaver Süssmayr who, at the request of widow Constanze, followed Mozart’s dying instructions in completing the piece.

On October 23rd you will have the opportunity to see the Bach Choir and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra performing this Requiem of Mozart’s in D minor at The Orpheum. As Conductor Leslie Dala says: “Mozart’s Requiem is a work of such power and transcendent beauty. Given all of the events of the past 18 months across the globe and here at home, we felt that this was the ideal piece to launch this season.”

The Bach Choir + Mozart’s Requiem + The Orpheum


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