WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Peter Sellars's innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion. While the dramatic St John Passion (heard earlier this season) is all musical action and reaction, the St Matthew is altogether more contemplative - confronting suffering and torture as well as salvation and redemption in some of Bach's most moving music. A starry line-up of soloists is led by Mark Padmore's Evangelist, and includes celebrated German baritone Christian Gerhaher singing the words of Christ. There will be one interval. Finish time approx. 22:45.