Spanish Glories of the Sixteenth Century



Described as ‘phenomenal’ (The Times) and ‘devastatingly beautiful’ (Gramophone), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.

Tenebrae performs its award-winning interpretation of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem Mass of 1605. This luminous masterpiece has a timeless resonance that speaks to hearers across four centuries. Victoria called upon all his imaginative resources and the new power of polyphony that swept across Europe to create one of the greatest works of the Renaissance.

Tenebrae also performs a selection from Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories and Lamentations for Holy Saturday, with the captivating ‘Versa est in luctum’ by his contemporary Alonso Lobo. These voices from the golden age of Spanish art speak to us with their humanity and beauty to this day.

‘This is a definitive modern Victoria Requiem, performed by a choir who relish its musical and expressive challenges.’ Classic FM

Supported by Uniting AgeWell.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Join Jonathan Grieves-Smith for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm – 7.15pm


Tenebrae Choir

Alfonso Lobo
Versa est in luctum

Tomás Luis de Victoria
‘Tenebrae Responsories and Lamentations’ from Holy Saturday: Selection

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Requiem Mass 1605