Every two years, Streetwise Opera stages a major new opera. The next is The Passion in collaboration with world-renowned ensemble The Sixteen and in association with Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film, HOME. It will be performed on 25 and 26 March at Manchester’s Campfield Market Hall and tickets are available now from the HOME box office.
If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, here’s why The Passion is an unmissable theatre highlight for 2016:
1. Beautiful music
Not only does the The Passion bring an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion to life as a fully-staged opera, but there’s also a brand new ‘resurrection’ finale written by Sir James MacMillan with libretto by Streetwise Opera performers.
2. Penny Woolcock’s direction
Award-winning filmmaker and opera director Penny Woolcock brings a unique vision to The Passion’s traditional narrative, with multiple performers playing the role of Jesus as a poignant reminder of his vulnerability and universality.
The Passion‘s vibrant cast comprises both singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen and performers who have experienced homelessness from Streetwise Opera Manchester.
4. Unusual venue
Audience members will be guided around Manchester’s much-loved Victorian Campfield Market Hall in this site-specific, promenade performance.
5. Stunning designs
Sets and costumes by Dick Bird as well as video projections and lighting by Imitating the Dog make The Passion a real visual spectacle.