‘Erbarme dich’ accompanied by an Arab ud, ‘o Haubt voll Blut und Wunden’ alongside Afro-Surinamese lamentations, and ‘Aus Liebe’ in a musical dialogue with Indian ragas: the Passion of Now places the passion-tradition in a global perspective. In seven musical languages we tell the story of our world today; our differences and how we reach out to each other. Based on Bach’s Matthew Passion, ancient connections between cultures come to life. Baritone Sinan Vural sings beautiful arias from st. Matthew Passion and Turkish mystical songs. The phenomenal Aylin Sezer performs the soprano arias, Shwan Sulaiman recites mystical Arabic poetry and Itzel Medegico sings both Bach’s mezzo-arias and Mexican Semana Santa songs. Chetna Shani Seghal sings Hindu bhavans and the virtuoso ud player Haytham Safia plays melodies from Galilee. Besides cello and organ there instruments such as sitar and daf in the ensemble. Together the singers and the ensemble tell beautiful stories of loss and resurrection. A performance like a good conversation, full of beauty and reconciliation, and an enrichment of the Easter tradition.
“It is a joy to experience. This Passion is heartfelt and moving, and multicultural in the most literal sense of the word. Passion of Now deserves to grow into a new tradition.” (Theaterkrant)