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Weinberg's The Passenger

Weinberg's The Passenger
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Although Mieczyslaw Weinberg finished his opera The Passenger in 1968, it was banned in the USSR and never performed in the composer's lifetime.
Only last year did it receive a full staging, when David Pountney directed it at last year's Bregenz Festival, 14 years after Weinberg's death.

A chance encounter between two women travelling at sea - one a former Auschwitz guard, the other ("The Passenger") a former prisoner - triggers memories which plunge them into a moral battle between guilt and denial, retribution and absolution.

Recorded at the 2010 Bregenz Festival.

Martha, The Passenger ..... Elena Kelessidi
Lisa ..... Michelle Breedt
Walter ..... Roberto Sacca
Tadeusz ...... Artur Rucinski
Katja ...... Svetlana Doneva
Krzystina ...... Angelica Voje
Vlasta ...... Elzbieta Wr├│blewska
Hannah ...... Agnieszka Rehlis
Yvette ...... Talia Or
Old woman prisoner ...... Helen Field
Bronka ...... Liuba Sokolova
1st SS-officer ...... Tobias H├Ąchler
2nd SS-officer ...... Wilfried Staber
3rd SS-officer ...... David Danholt
Steward ...... Richard Angas
Boss ...... Heide Capovilla

Chorus of the Prague Philharmonic;
Vienna Symphony Orchestra;
Conductor, Teodor Currentzis.

3 hours, 20 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Oct 2011 18:00
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