Bohuslav Martinů's The Greek Passion
Simon Stone (stage director), Maxime Pascal (conductor) — With Sebastian Kohlhepp (Manolios), Sara Jakubiak (Katerina), Julian Hubbard (Panait)...
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Simon Stone — Stage director
Lizzie Clachan — Set designer
Mel Page — Costumes
Nick Schlieper — Lighting
Christian Arseni — Dramaturgy
Gábor Bretz — Priest Grigoris
Sebastian Kohlhepp — Manolios
Sara Jakubiak — Katerina
Charles Workman — Yannakos
Christina Gansch — Lenio
Matteo Ivan Rašić — Andonis
Matthäus Schmidlechner — Michelis
Alejandro Baliñas Vieites — Kostandis
Julian Hubbard — Panais
Aljoscha Lennert — Nikolio
Helena Rasker — An Old Woman
Luke Stoker — Patriarcheas
After his celebrated work on Reimann's Lear and Cherubini's Médée, Simon Stone's new staging at the 2023 Salzburg Festival dramatizes nothing less than the story of Christ. Guided by Stone's artistic vision and buoyed by the gold-standard Vienna Philharmonic, The Greek Passion by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů serves as an evocative meeting place between past and present and an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Based on the drama Christ Recrucified by Nikos Kazantzakis, Martinů's four-act opera opens on an intriguing scene: in a picturesque Greek village, a play is being rehearsed. Manolios (Sebastian Kohlhepp), Katerina (Sara Jakubiak), and Panait (Julian Hubbard) are chosen to perform the roles of Christ, Mary Magdalene, and Judas—but the tranquil community is soon thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a group of Greek refugees, who meet with suspicion at the hands of the villagers. Boundaries between fiction and reality begin to blur, and Manolios—like a new messianic figure—attempts to remind his fellow citizens of the importance of evangelical love, but tensions continue to rise…
Under the expert baton of Maxime Pascal, the Vienna Philharmonic guides us on a fascinating journey, inviting us to reflect on the still-relevant contradictions raised by the libretto and highlighting the timeless qualities of Martinů's opera.
With the kind support of the Martinů Foundation Basel
Photo © Meng Phu