Johann Sebastian Bach created the “St Matthew Passion” as a musical ritual for the faithful of his age. Accounts of suffering, death, and resurrection are among the foundations upon which European culture is based. But what does the Passion mean for a diverse society in which Christianity is increasingly losing relevance? At the center of Benedikt von Peter’s production is a group of children who re-enact the Passion. Orchestra, singers, choirs, and audience come together as one large congregation. Singing societies from Basel and the surrounding districts have been invited to support the Theater Basel Choir, and the audience is also invited to sing along. The opera will be performed in German with surtitles in English and German.
Tickets are CHF 30-140 for adults and CHF 20 for students.