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St Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
ST MATTHEW PASSION
Oratorio in two parts, in German, with Hungarian and English surtitles
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Information on standing places for sold-out performances

If all seats are sold out for the selceted time, 64 standing seats at reasonable prices for the 3rd floor balcony become available 2 hours before the start of the performance. Tickets can be purchased at the Opera House ticket office and online. Please note there is limited view from the side seats and the standing places, but the performance can be followed on screens.

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Last event date: Thursday, March 28 2024 7:00PM

The Saint Matthew Passion is Bach's greatest work, one which constitutes an unsurpassable pinnacle not only of Protestant church music, but in the universal history of music. Forgotten after Bach's death, the work was played in Berlin on 11 March 1829, a century after its original performance, with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducting. The composer and conductor adapted the work to Romantic tastes in music performance, shortened it by a third, and employed an enormous (158-person) chorus and an orchestra scaled to match it. The resounding success resulted in a repeat performance on March 21, Bach's birthday, which became a significant social event: present were both the court and the crème de la crème of the contemporary German intelligentsia. This launched the Bach renaissance, and in a wider sense, the general practice of resurrecting earlier music.
 
The original publisher of the oratorio - Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag / Urtext Edition - Bärenreiter Praha s.r.o.
 
AUTHORS
Director: Géza M. Tóth
Visual design and animation: Géza M. Tóth | Balázs Fekti | Antonin Krizsanics | Miklós Gerdelics | Tibor Nagy
Consultant: Zsolt Czakó
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki
Head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer
Featuring: Hungarian State Opera Chorus
 
CAST
Conductor: Gábor Csiki
Jesus: István Kovács
Evangelist: Zoltán Megyesi
Soprano: Zita Szemere
Alto: Atala Schöck
Tenor: István Horváth
Bass: Marcell Bakonyi

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