Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language Spanish;Latin
Country of Origin United States
Description La Pasión Según San Marcos, Osvaldo Golijov’s triumphant rendition of the Gospel of St. Mark, transports Latin America’s vital musical culture onto the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House stage. One of four composers commissioned to create gospel-inspired works for Stuttgart’s Passion 2000 Festival—a commemoration of the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death—the Jewish, Argentine-born Golijov infuses his Passion with a culturally adventurous, resoundingly Latin urgency and spirit. (If you'd like to experience another work from Passion 2000, check out Tan Dun's Water Passion After St. Matthew, page 26.) Acclaimed by audiences and critics to a degree unmatched by any other recent classical composition, Golijov’s massive choral work has been hailed as “wondrous,” “a work of genius,” and “a magnificent triumph” by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, respectively.
Sung in Spanish and enriched by the essential rhythms of Latin America, the inventive work utilizes indigenous music and dance forms to convey the Gospel’s miracle. A vision of Christ on the cross, Mark’s unsparing chronicle of Jesus’ final days, and the Sermon on the Mount are among many significant moments made lucid by a stellar cast of 75 musicians, dancers, and singers, including celebrated soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Sung in Latin, Spanish, and Aramaic.