Based on work by Scarlatti, Gesualdo and Andriessen this performance reflects on the theme of 'suffering' in the arts.

The St John Passion that Alessandro Scarlatti wrote in 1685 is of exceptional beauty and rich in pathos and expression. Complemented with works by, among others, Gesualdo and Andriessen, the old and the new find each other in compelling rhythms and touching melancholy. PASSIO has many scoops: there is the new B’Rock choir and its regular harpsichordist Andreas Küppers will conduct the orchestra for the first time. Director Luigi De Angelis adds a visual component: a video triptych that navigates between a baroque still life and a modern documentary. Why is suffering such a popular subject in the arts? Are we merely consumers of other people's pain or is there actual room for compassion?


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Muziektheater Transparant and B’Rock commissioned by Klarafestival.


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KlaraFestival (Brussel)
32 70 210 217
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deSingel Antwerpen (Antwerpen)
+32 3 248 28 28
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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam)
+31 20 788 20 00
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Composition: Alessandro Scarlatti, Carlo Gesualdo, Louis Andriessen • Concept I Director I Scenography: Luigi De AngelisConductor: Andreas KüppersDramaturgy: Tobias KokkelmansCountertenor: Benno SchachtnerEnsemble: B'Rock Orchestra Choir: B'Rock Choir • Video Design: Luigi De AngelisAndrea ArgentieriCostumes: Chiara Lagani