La Passione

2. Internationales Musikfest Hamburg

This event has already taken place! € 132.00 | 109.00 | 87.00 | 48.00 | 20.00
This event has already taken place! € 132.00 | 109.00 | 87.00 | 48.00 | 20.00

The Hamburg State Opera has invited one of the most visually powerful - and at the same time controversial - contemporary theatre makers to open the 2nd Hamburg International Music Festival. Romeo Castellucci works with absolute artistic consistency and radicality outside of comfort zones, already provoking a few theatre scandals.

Castellucci’s interpretation of Bach's epochal »St Matthew Passion« is awaited with great anticipation. The passion zeros in directly at the heart of Christian belief, namely the redemption of humanity through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Castellucci’s central question is: can we, today’s audience, bear to witness this Man of Sorrows as described by Matthew? Castellucci transforms his contemplations into a spectacular scenic realisation, which directly addresses the audience and also interacts with its special stage location, the Deichtorhallen.

Taking charge musically is Hamburg’s newly arrived general music director Kent Nagano, together with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and superb collaborators led by British tenor Ian Bostridge.


Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Audi Jugendchorakademie choir

Ian Bostridge tenor

Hayoung Lee soprano

Christina Gansch soprano

Dorottya Láng mezzo-soprano

Bernard Richter tenor

Philippe Sly bass baritone

conductor Kent Nagano

Romeo Castellucci concept, staging, set design, costume design, light design

Silvia Costa artistic collaboration

Maroussia Vaes collaboration stage


Johann Sebastian Bach
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

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2nd Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: Staatsoper Hamburg

A production of the Hamburg State Opera in cooperation with the Deichtorhallen Hamburg