Weinberg's 'The Passenger' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

A scene from 'The Passenger' at the Park Avenue Armory A scene from 'The Passenger' at the Park Avenue Armory (© Stephanie Berger)

Join us Saturday at 1 pm to hear Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 Holocaust opera The Passenger, which had its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut earlier this year. The work tells the story of a German diplomat’s wife and how a stranger on a ship reminds her that the past can never entirely be behind us.

The Passenger was suppressed by Soviet authorities during the composer’s lifetime but it has recently seen a spate of performances, including its American premiere at Houston Grand Opera in 2010. The opera, based on a 1959 radio drama, is set on a cruise ship, where a former Nazi SS officer thinks that she has recognized a fellow passenger as one of her former Auschwitz prisoners.

Cast & Credits:

Marta: Amanda Majeski
Liese: Daveda Karanas
Walter: Brandon Jovanovich
Tadeusz: Joshua Hopkins
Katya: Kelly Kaduce
Bronka: Judith Forst

Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Director: David Pountney
Chorus Master: Michael Black

Comments [1]

gotta give credit to the singers who had to learn this dreaful piece but at least they're getting paid. The poor audience though... having to endure this random crap for five minutes already gave me a migraine.

Jul. 18 2015 02:14 PM

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