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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Baroque Festival – St John Passion

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:10 pm

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$70.00 – $125.00

Wrapping up MSO’s Baroque Festival is this special 300th Anniversary performance of Bach’s oratorio of biblical proportions – St John Passion.

Lauded for his ability to amplify a work’s immediacy and drama, Stephen Layton – former Music Director at Trinity College Cambridge and founder of world-leading London consort Polyphony – conducts the orchestra for this historic concert, alongside the mighty MSO chorus and an all-star cast of soloists.

First performed on Good Friday 1724 in Leipzig’s cavernous St Nicholas Church, Bach’s intensely dramatic St John Passion narrates the Easter Passion of Christ, according to the gospel of John.

Compared to his later St Matthew Passion, the St John has a raw, uninhibited sense of tragic momentum. With spitting, bloodthirsty mobs and heartbreaking arias, this spectacular work hurtles towards the inevitable: a showcase not only of Bach’s incredible technicality, but of the immense power of musical storytelling.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Layton, conductor; Ruairi Bowen, Evangelist, tenor; Christopher Richardson, Christus, bass;
David Greco. Pilatus, bass; Sara Macliver, soprano; Ashlyn Tymms, alto
MSO Chorus’ Warren Trevelyan-Jones, chorus director
Saturday 6 April 7:30 PM  Running Time 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
TICKETS: $70.00 – $125.00


April 6
7:30 pm - 10:10 pm
$70.00 – $125.00
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Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Melbourne, Australia + Google Map
1300 182 183