Legendary choreographer John Neumeier stages Bach's monumental sacred masterpiece, featuring the extraordinary dancers of the Hamburg Ballet.
Awe-inspiring in its complexity, universal in its appeal, Bach's St. Matthew Passion is considered by many to be the single greatest masterpiece of western sacred music, a profoundly moving depiction of the final days of the life of Jesus. John Neumeier, the celebrated choreographer who made his LAO debut with Orpheus and Eurydice in 2018, returns to Los Angeles with one of his signature creations, a ballet that has been cheered by audiences throughout the world.
Marrying the powerful music and narrative with dance in complete harmony, Neumeier fills the stage with unforgettable movement and images. The extraordinary dancers of the Hamburg Ballet join forces with James Conlon, a team of brilliant vocal soloists (including Susan Graham), and LA Opera's formidable orchestra and chorus for a spellbinding, deeply meaningful performance you'll never forget.
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"Some of the most profound drama by this most profound of composers... a spectacle of ceaseless, rich imagery and movement."
Arrive early to watch the pre-recorded talk by James Conlon. The talk will be screened on large outdoor monitors on the Music Center Plaza for audiences to enjoy, beginning one hour before the opera.
Read the synopsis
The running time is approximately three hours and 55 minutes, including one 25 minute intermission.
Sung in German with English subtitles.
Click here for the digital program.
Read James Conlon's essay on St. Matthew Passion here.
Production new to Los Angeles. Production from the Hamburg Ballet.
Production made possible with generous support from
GRoW @ Annenberg
David and Linda Shaheen
Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer
With special appreciation to Gregory and Régina Annenberg Weingarten
Susan Graham’s appearance made possible by generous support from The Eva and Marc Stern Principal Artists Fund
Special support for the LA Opera Chorus from the National Endowment for the Arts
LA Opera Orchestra generously underwritten by Terri and Jerry Kohl
A Classical KUSC Partner Show