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The Greek Passion

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Theatre Royal100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, North-East, NE1 6BR, United Kingdom
On Saturday 2 November 2019 at 19:30
Opera North
Garry WalkerConductor
Christopher AldenDirector
Charles EdwardsSet Designer, Lighting Designer
Doey LüthiCostume Designer
Nicky SpenceTenorManolios
Magdalena MolendowskaSopranoKaterina
Paul NilonTenorYannakos
Jeffrey Lloyd-RobertsTenorPanait
Stephen GaddBaritoneGrigoris
John SavourninBaritoneFotis
Steven PageBassCaptain
Brian Bannatyne-ScottBassArchon
Tim ClaydonChoreography
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North

As a remote Greek community prepares for its Easter Passion play, refugees arrive from another village which has been devastated by conflict. Their pleas for food and shelter divide the population between those who treat the newcomers with compassion, and those who see them as a threat. With its spectacular soundscape influenced by ancient song and involving large orchestral and choral forces, Martinů’s rarely-performed, deeply moving plea for tolerance has never been more relevant.

Christopher Alden directs a superb ensemble headed by Nicky Spence, with Garry Walker conducting.

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