And You Must Suffer
Sa
14.04.18  20:00  Rouen, Opéra de Rouen, info & tickets
Su
15.04.18  16:00  Rouen, Opéra de Rouen, info & tickets
And You Must Suffer in the press

<<Director Pierre Audi made a golden move by letting Bach's passion quietly well up from the new, atmospheric notes from Annelies Van Parys, which enlarged the present urgency and with this the involvement.>>

Mischa Spel
NRC Handelsblad, 29.03.2017

<<Excellent musicians>>

Tom Janssens
De Standaard, 10.03.2016
Shirley Apthorp
Financial Times, 28.03.2017

And You Must Suffer

Johann Sebastian Bach
St. John's Passion, BWV 245
SAMIR ODEH-TAMIMI
L'Apocalypse Arabe 1
ANNELIES VAN PARYS
And Thou Must Suffer
ANDREAS SPERING conductor
PIERRE AUDI direction
JAKOB PILGRAM evangelist
DOMINIK KONINGER Christ
GRACE DAVIDSON soprano
BENNO SCHACHTNER alto
MAGNUS STAVELAND tenor
TOMAS KRAL bass
CAPPELLA AMSTERDAM choir
WIM DELVOYE images
ROEL VAN BERCKELAER scenography and costumes
MIRJAM DEVRIENDT video
PETER QUASTERS light

What is truth, and how much pain are we willing to suffer for it? These pertinent questions were the inspiration for And You Must Suffer, the new version of the St John Passion with which B'Rock and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Chorus triumphed at a lively Klara Festival in Brussels in March 2016. This, Bach's most concentrated, intense and controversial setting of the Passion story tacks between recitatives and choruses, devout chorales and lyrical arias, with a particular emphasis on such special instruments as the viola d'amore and the oboe de caccia. For this occasion, this iconic work will be bracketed by a penetrating prelude and epilogue by Annelies Van Parys, while the Palestinian-Israeli composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi has written a confrontational intermezzo. In his breathtaking staging, Pierre Audi fuses the whole into a universal reflection on the role of religion, identity, sacrifice, suffering and – above all – compassion.

 

Produced by Muziektheater Transparant and B'Rock Orchestra, co-produced by Klarafestival, Kaaitheater, De Munt/La Monnaie, Wroclaw National Forum of Music and the Polish Institute. With a composition commissioned from Samir Odeh-Tamimi by Klarafestival/Flanders Festival Brussels and from Annelies Van Parys by Muziektheater Transparant.

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