Weinberg: The Passenger, Op. 97

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Weinberg: The Passenger, Op. 97


BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - June 2011



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17th Jan 2011






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Weinberg: The Passenger, Op. 97

Michelle Breedt (Lisa), Roberto Sacca (Walter), Elena Kelessidi (Martha), Artur Rucinski (Tadeusz), Svetlana Doneva (Katja), Angelica Voje (Krzystina), Elzbieta Wroblewska (Vlasta), Talia Or (Ivette), Agnieska Rehlis (Hannah), Helen Field (Old Woman), Liuba Sokolova (Bronka)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra & Prague Philharmonic Choir, Teodor Currentzis, David Pountney (director)



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The Passenger is based on the eponymous novel for the Polish writer and survivor of Auschwitz, Zofia Posmycz and the plot concerns a meeting on an ocean liner of a German SS Officer and a survivor from Auschwitz. This is a world premiere recording and this performance directed by David Pountney took place at the Breganzer Festspiele 2010. This is a Blu-ray edition and the booklet includes a libretto. The opera is sung in German, English, French, Russian and Yiddish. Also included is a documentary about Weinberg’s life and Zofia Posmycz’s novel and life.

BBC Music Magazine

June 2011


“[Weinberg's] loud music is very Baba Yar-ish; but in the quieter moments, he's closer to Britten at his sublime simplest...we melt at Svetlana Doneva's mesmerising delivery of Katja's unaccompanied number. The two leads match more-than-acting with top vocal quality...Teodor Currentzis conducts with a focus brilliantly rendered in the Neos sound.”

International Record Review

September 2011

“Breedt conveys the vulnerability and inconsistency at the centre of Lisa's guilt, while Roberto Sacca projects the vacillation and self-centredness of Walter...Pride of place, though, must go to Elena Kelessidi, whose eloquent portrayal of Martha in all her defiance and anger makes it a role with few equals in post-war opera...The production has been expertly filmed and vividly reproduced for DVD”

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