Introductory talk in German language: Prof. Dr. Erik Dremel, Theological Faculty of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg // 6pm // Handel House, Glass Hall // Admission free – unnumbered seating // Duration approx. 30 minutes
Law student Barthold Heinrich Brockes from Hamburg and organ pupil George Frideric Handel got to know one another in Halle in around 1700. Sixteen years later – around 1716/17 in London – Brockes Passion, HWV 48, was written. In many ways, it is an exception in Handel’s work. His only German oratorio, Brockes Passion falls chronologically between his early Italian and later English-language oratorios. Walter Sutcliffe’s staging portrays the work as a reflection on the essence of religion. Because to the biblical characters Brockes adds a series of additional characters who continually comment on the actions of the former. Just as the authors amalgamate the Passion story into a dialogue with the present, Sutcliffe goes farther, imagining it in terms of the genesis of humanity to the present day.
Scheduled for the 2021 Handel Festival then cancelled, this event was premiered last October and has been rescheduled for the 2022 festival featuring, among other singers, Romelia Lichtenstein (2016 Handel Prize winner).
“The soloists at the top of their form, the fabulous opera chorus and the splendid Handel Festival Orchestra conducted by Michael Hofstetter harmonise most beautifully with one another, allowing this musical gem of the Baroque to shine in a contemporary light – but without taking it out of its context.” (Andreas Montag, MZ 5 Oct. 2021).