Dramatised oratorio


A thrilling, exciting, vital, dazzling musical masterpiece

13 to 14 april 2018

“I have been stripped of my faith and so I cannot be blessed, since a blessed man will never fear his life becoming a meaningless drift towards certain death. I have not inherited a god or a firm point on earth from which I can call to god; I have also not inherited the concealed rage of the sceptic, the shrewdness of the rationalist, or the ardent candour of the atheist. For that reason, I do not dare to cast the first stone at those who believe in things that I doubt, or at anyone who idolises doubt as if it were not shrouded in shadows. I will cast this stone at myself since there is one thing I firmly believe: human need for consolation is insatiable”.

Stig Dagerman

Bach’s music is a path to consolation, liberation and the search for the other. Johannes-Passion is a violent reflection on the life path to redemption. When does modern man enter into dialogue with this masterpiece? How do we tackle pain, death itself with a hero’s dignity, with the strength of our parents? Johannes-Passion is a masterpiece in the history of music and art. A work charged with humanity and beauty. Bach is our beautiful sharp mirror. Perhaps Bach met God.


Arriaga Theatre Premiere

New coproduction between the Arriaga Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris)


The team

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johannes-Passion BWV 245



Evangelista: Joshua Ellicott

Soprano: Berit Norbakken Solset

Alto: Carlos Mena

Tenor arias: Robert Murray

Pilatos/bajo arias: Jonathan McGovern

Jesús: James Newby


Director Musical: Erik Nielsen

Director de escena: Calixto Bieito

Dramaturgy: Bettina Auer

Escenografía: Aída Leonor Guardia

Diseñador de vestuario: Ingo Krügler

Iluminador: Michael Bauer

Ayudantes de dirección de escena: Lucía Astigarraga y Barbora Horáková Joly

Ayudante de iluminación: Verena Mayr

Asistente figurinista: Paula Klein


BOS- Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao

Coro: Coro de Ópera de Bilbao

Maestra repetidora: Husan Park