The Passion, re-telling of the suffering of Christ, has had monumental human implications throughout modern history. Christians and non-Christians alike consider JS Bach's St Matthew Passion the greatest work of its kind ever written, attaining truly sublime musical expressiveness. A moving combination of joy and grief, this powerful music drama shifts between chronicle and contemporary commentary, guided by the evangelist St Matthew.
Opera Queensland and Camerata of St John's, led by Brendan Joyce, will join forces under the musical leadership of renowned conductor Graham Abbott. In a staging first created by Artistic Director Lindy Hume for Perth International Arts Festival, international and Australian soloists, chorus and musicians form an onstage community to play out scenes from this heartbreaking story of betrayal and forbearance.
"Lindy Hume's staged performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion is a revelation: it beautifully illuminates this immortal music, taking audiences to a deeper understanding of one of the greatest achievements in Western art." Margaret Throsby, ABC Classic FM
Sung in German with projected English translations.