National Theatre Brno

Martinů's The Greek Passion

Opera
Online
17
Mar
24
Mar
A prized Czech institution and one of the leading opera houses in Central Europe, National Theatre Brno joins the Festival with The Greek Passion, a provocative follow-up to earlier resounding successes.

Introduction

A provocative opera mirroring our times

A prized Czech institution and one of the leading opera houses in Central Europe, National Theatre Brno, which delighted Festival audiences with The Makropulos Case and recorded versions of The Cunning Little Vixen and Jenůfa, gives us The Greek Passion, a provocative follow-up to earlier resounding successes.

In a remote Greek village, the shepherd Manolios and his fellow villagers prepare to take up the roles of Christ, Mary Magdalene and the apostles in the traditional Easter Passion Play. But the sudden arrival of a group of starving refugees throws the community into an unexpected moral crisis. As the story unfolds, the village cast grow into the Biblical characters they portray, leading to an inexorable tragedy.

Based on the novel Christ Recrucified by the modern Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, Martinů’s poignant epic four-act opera remains immediately relevant to issues facing the world today.

This online performance was recorded live in Brno in November 2021. With renowned Czech opera director Jiří Heřman at the helm, National Theatre Brno brings together a cast of nearly 150 soloists and actors to present this masterpiece.

Cast

COMPOSER & LIBRETTIST

Bohuslav Martinů

CONDUCTOR

Robert Kružík

DIRECTOR & LIGHTING DESIGN

Jiří Heřman

SET DESIGN

Dragan Stojčevski

COSTUME DESIGN

Alexandra Grusková

DRAMATURGY

Patricie Částková

CHORUS MASTERS

Pavel Koňárek, Michal Vajda, Valeria Maťašová

Choir and Orchestra of the Janáček Opera, National Theatre Brno

Czech Academic Choir

Brno Children’s Choir

Peter Burger

Manolios

Pavla Vykopalová

Katerina

Jan Šťáva

Grigoris, priest of Lycovrissi

David Szendiuch

Fotis, priest of the refugees

Ondřej Koplík

Yannakos

Jiří Miroslav Procházka

Kostandis

Andrea Široká

Lenio

Petr Levíček

Panait

Remarks

Register at the HKAF website for free viewing. The performance will be available to view from the Hong Kong Time listed above. Not available in Europe, the United States and Korea.
Approx. 2 hrs
Presenting the Zurich version, performed in English with Chinese and English subtitles