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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 7, 2020

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Bach is back, alright!

Bach is back, alright!

From boy band reunions to Dallas remakes, 2013 is shaping up to be the year where everything old is new again.

If you want to discover something new (that’s actually isn’t), I have a red hot tip for you: it’s time to get into opera.

When was the last time you enjoyed the power and spectacle of this great art form? A few years ago or *gasp* never? You have been missing out. After all, what could be more fabulously vintage than witnessing some of the most moving stage works of all time brought back to life for modern audiences?

Luckily for you, improving your cultural cache is easy (and highly enjoyable).

Opera Queensland’s 2013 season kick-starts on the 21st of March with a very special performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Joined by the Camerata of St John’s, the opera will run for a strictly limited three-day season (until the 23rd of March) at QPAC’s Concert Hall.

The Passion follows the suffering of Christ and is widely regarded to be the most important piece of its kind ever created. Think of the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel or Shakespeare’s Hamlet and you’ll begin to understand the majesty of this work.

“The St Matthew Passion explores suffering on every human level; emotional, mental, physical and spiritual,” explains the show’s Artist Director Lindy Hume. “Awesome is not too strong a word for Bach’s achievement”.

Part historical account, part contemporary commentary, the opera’s tale is a timeless one.

Even so, pressure is on Hume to deliver a truly magical experience that transforms this 250-year-old piece into something 21st-century audiences can relate to. It’s something she is keenly aware of and has succeeded in realising. When her stage vision for the work first premiered in Perth in 2005, it was described as “revelatory”.

English sub-titles will be provided for audiences and actors will be dressed in contemporary costumes. The lighting has been directed by Tony award-winner Nigel Levings.

If you have ever wanted to dip your toes into the world of opera then this is the show for you. Granted, you won’t be testing the waters so much as diving in head first but really, isn’t always more fun that way?

It’s time to go Bach-ing mad!


What? Opera Queensland’s St Matthew Passion

When? Thursday, 21st of March 2013 through to Saturday, 22nd of March 2013

Where? Concert Hall, QPAC

How much? from $68.35 (concession, student and group tickets also available)

Bookings? contact qtix 136 246 or