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Watch Tiesto’s trance classic performed live by an opera

Last weekend, the 15th anniversary edition of iconic Dutch event Sensation White returned to Amsterdam Arena for a particularly special party: it was to be the final event overseen by Duncan Stutterheim, the co-founder of Sensation, Tomorrowland and Mysteryland promoters ID&T, before stepping down from his role as CEO.

To celebrate they went all out on the production, with everything from trapeze performers and on-stage dancers to pyro, confetti, and (as Beatport reported) a 500-person-strong operatic choir, that appeared midway through a 15-minute megamix of classic dance tracks to perform an a cappella introduction to Adagio For Strings.

Watch the clip below, posted by Sensation, in which the singers perform the spine-tingling operatic intro originally written by classical composer Samuel Barber, and later sampled for tracks by William Orbit, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and, of course, Tiësto’s 2005 trance classic Adagio For Strings.

The choir sing the haunting harmony as violin-miming dancers strapped to fluorescent crosses are raised to the Arena’s ceiling, before the soundsystem drops into the peak of Tiësto’s classic track with an explosion of strobes and C02 cannons. As Sensation put it on Facebook, it’s a truly “unforgettable moment”; scroll down to see what you missed. [Photo via Sensation]

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Adagio for strings during the Megamix by a choir of 500 men

An unforgettable moment! A choir of 500 men strong singing the most unique version ever of Tiësto 's 'Adagio for strings' during the Megamix. #Sensation15 Join the Livestream: http://sns.tn/livenow

Posted by Sensation on Saturday, 4 July 2015