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An encounter between two women - one a former Auschwitz guard, the other a former prisoner - plunges them both back into the horrors of the Holocaust, pitting perpetrator against victim in a moral battle between guilt and denial, retribution and absolution. Based upon a semi-autobiographical novel by Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz, Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 opera The Passenger was effectively banned in the USSR and only finally received its triumphant stage premiere at last year’s Bregenz Festival, 14 years after Weinberg’s death. Hailed as ‘a work that demands and deserves to be seen’ (Opera), this 20th century masterpiece, by a composer whose music has been characterised as ‘Shostakovich with a Jewish accent’, now comes to ENO in David Pountney’s shatteringly intense staging, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong. Running time: 2hrs 55mins

Performers Michelle Breedt (Lisa), Giselle Allen (Marta), Kim Begley (Walter), Leigh Melrose (Tadeusz), Julia Sporsen (Katya), Pamela Helen Stephen (Christina), Wendy Dawn Thompson (Vlasta), Carolyn Dobbin (Hannah), Rhian Lois (Ivette), Helen Field (Old Woman), Rebecca de Pont Davies (Bronka), Adrian Dwyer (SS Officer), Charles Johnston (SS Officer), Gerard O'Connor (SS Officer), Graeme Danby (Steward/Elderly Passenger/Kommandant).
Music Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Company English National Opera. Director David Pountney. Conductor Richard Armstrong (Sir). Design Johan Engels. Costume Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Fabrice Kebour. Director Ran Arthur Braun. Translation David Pountney.

The Passenger

The Passenger (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T361149087. Details of all The Passenger archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1806568918

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