St. Matthew Passion

March 23, 1997, March 26 – 29, 1997

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description With Bach's St. Matthew Passion, one of the most respected opera and theater directors of our time turns his eye to one of the most dramatic narratives of all time. Jonathan Miller, whose radical stagings of Rigoletto and Tosca established him as a fearless operatic innovator, has undertaken another daring project: To release the drama from a work that audiences know as a concert piece. In 1993, Miller and music director Paul Goodwin began with a cast of singers, an orchestra, and a simple circle within which to play out the story of Bach's oratorio. They coaxed characters from the music, scenes of confrontation and agony from the original biblical text. They allowed Bach's masterpiece, so often sung in traditional formal dress in churches or concert halls, to blossom into a searing stage drama. The result was what audiences have come to expect from Miller, theater that is unclassifiable, but riven with his trademark depth of psychological insight and imagination.
Identifier 1997s.00605