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, and LA Opera's formidable orchestra and chorus for a spellbinding, deeply meaningful performance you'll never forget.
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"One comes to feel that this is a community of people who have decided to enact the Passion as in a medieval mystery play. Each dancer expresses grief, doubt, questioning, or aggression so personally that each seems to have chosen his or her own role."
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The running time is approximately four hours, including one intermission.
Part 1: 90 minutes. Part 2: 120 minutes.
Sung in German with English subtitles.
Production new to Los Angeles. Production from the Hamburg Ballet.
Production made possible with generous support from
GRoW @ Annenberg
The David and Linda Shaheen Foundation.
With special appreciation to Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten.