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ComposerWeinberg, Mieczysław (1919-1996)
Period20th century
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Nadja Stefanoff (Marta) und Dshamilja Kaiser (Lisa) © Werner Kmetitsch
Weinberg: The Passenger
Roland Kluttig; Nadja Loschky; Oper Graz; Oksana Lyniv; Etienne Pluss; Irina Spreckelmeyer; Dshamilja Kaiser
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A hard hitting opera to stay in the memory

In its first full staging in Russia, Miecysław Weinberg’s complex, eclectic score is sung and played with excellence; Thaddeus Strassberger's direction and staging presses all the emotional buttons.
*****
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Weinberg's The Passenger only partially successful

David Pountney's production of Mieczysław Weinberg's opera The Passenger travels to Chicago. 
***11
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Opera of utmost truthfulness

Mieczysław Weinberg's opera The Passenger tells a story that retains a strong grip on the audience - an impressive experience at Frankfurt Opera.
*****
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The Passenger: A harrowing evening

Two worlds occupied by the same two women and presented, jarringly, as a single multi-story set. One is the pristine white deck of a 1960s ship bound for Brazil, and beneath it, where the hull might be, is the grey grim world of Auschwitz.
****1
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Draining but rewarding - Weinberg's The Passenger at ENO

The glittering white of a luxury cruise liner above, the darkened hell of the concentration camp below. Johan Engels' set for Weinberg's The Passenger, first seen at the Bregenz festival in 2010 and now at the ENO in London, is one of the most striking and effective opera sets I've ever seen, both framing the action and adding colour.
****1
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