Salzburg Festival 2023: The Greek Passion


Bohuslav Martinů’s opera The Greek Passion, here in the 1961 version, is based on the novel The re-crucified Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis. The opera develops the Christian doctrine of “love thy neighbour” ad absurdum, as a group of refugees are driven out of a little Greek village just as the village is putting on a Passion play for Holy Week. The opera is a pessimistic plea for humanity, made in the awareness that humanity must always wrestle anew with its own egoism. Director Simon Stone “creates a modern parable, somehow both contemporary and timeless.” (The Times) For the last of his 16 operas, Martinů developed a tonal language which combined his early musical experiences with elements of Greek folklore, Greek Orthodox liturgy and dance music. Maxime Pascal at the podium of the Wiener Philharmoniker for the first time, “unfolds a musical and dramatic intensity that makes your hair stand on end, both in the tender outbursts and the violent ones. A maestro of his time.” (Le Figaro). “A highlight of this year’s Salzburg Festival” The Times

Additional Info

  • No: A04050347
  • Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
  • Conductor: Maxime Pascal
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Artists: Gábor Bretz, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Sara Jakubiak, Charles Workman, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Theater Kinderchor
  • Production year: 2023
  • Run time: 02:07:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Simon Stone
  • Producers: UNITEL, Wiener Philharmoniker, Salzburg Festival
  • Format: 4K
back to list