Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal

CANCELLED: China: Buddha Passion

Opening Concert / Easter Festival

This concert has already taken place! € 78.00 | 67.00 | 48.00 | 25.00 | 12.00
This concert has already taken place! € 78.00 | 67.00 | 48.00 | 25.00 | 12.00

The concert programme of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle cannot go ahead as planned due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find detailed information on ticket returns here: Information on ticket returns

The opening concert of the Easter Festival takes the audience away to the Taklamakan Desert in north-western China. The ancient oasis town of Dunhuang, an important hub in the trans-Asian trade network, is the scene of an opulently cast oratorio. Tan Dun – China’s leading contemporary composer – drew his inspiration for the work from the famous Mogao Caves, which were built by Buddhist monks between the 4th and 12th centuries.

Over the centuries, they served as a centre for the teaching and veneration of the Buddha, which is reflected not only in paintings and sculptures, but also in musical manuscripts. Tan Dun spent years researching the site, and from his discoveries he has created a work in six acts: »Buddha Passion«.

It brings together settings, themes and characters from the religious tradition, and fuses western and eastern tonal language. To astonishing effect, Tan Dun takes the musical tradition of the Passion out of its Christian context and transfers it to a non-European system of faith.


Symphoniker Hamburg

Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck

Sen Guo soprano

Huiling Zhu mezzo-soprano

Jinxu Xiahou tenor

Shenyang bass baritone

Yangjin Zeren indigenous singer

Hasibagen indigenous singer

Yining Chen pipa and dance

conductor Tan Dun


Tan Dun
Buddha Passion


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Operas and Oratorios


CANCELLED: Easter Festival

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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