AN ESSENTIAL OPERATIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
The first opera in the new season by Opera North The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinu is sung in English and English titles.
In a remote Greek community, the villagers are casting roles for the upcoming Passion play. Manolios is cast as Christ, the widow Katerina will play Mary Magdalene, and her lover Panait is to be Judas.
When refugees arrive in the village, fleeing conflict and seeking shelter, the community becomes divided. Do the refugees present a threat, or should they be welcomed with compassion? When Manolios and Katerina take their side, an inexorable chain of events is set in motion…
Martinů’s rarely-performed opera creates a spectacular soundscape deploying large orchestral and choral forces in a drama that proceeds with filmic fluidity. Originally written for Covent Garden in 1957, it was subsequently revised for its eventual premiere in Zürich in 1961. In recent years the strength of Martinů’s original vision for the opera has come to be recognised, and it is in the first ‘London’ version that Opera North presents this new production.
Christopher Alden directs a superb ensemble cast, with Garry Walker conducting what is set to be one of the essential operatic events of the year.
The Greek Passion performances are on 27 September and 19 October at Leeds Grand Theatre