English Touring Opera present the third in the company’s stagings of Bach’s masterpieces. This will be the Passion according to St Matthew – easily Bach’s most dramatic work – in a way you have never seen it. It tells in music the story of a trial, death by crucifixion, and transformation, told by witnesses whose lives have been transformed.
ETO’s extraordinary soloists will perform from memory, along with the much praised period instrument orchestra the Old Street Band, and with young singers from Chetham’s and across Greater Manchester. Charismatic conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny leads the performance, which will involve a simple, heartfelt staging.
Chorales will be sung in English. Translations have been provided by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams; former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger; member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and regular Buddhist contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, Vishvapani Blomfield; The Oxford Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathmatics and a Fellow of New College, Marcus du Sautoy; lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton and one of 2018’s New Generation Thinkers, Dr Daisy Black; archeologist, The Reverend Professor Martin Henig; Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, The Reverend Lucy Winkett; children’s author, Harriet Goodwin; Wolverhampton resident and choir coordinator, Alexander Douglas; Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, Roger Wright and ETO General Director, James Conway.
20% discount for audiences aged 65+, students and under 19s
Sung in German, with English surtitles. Chorales performed in English.