An astonishing staging of the St Matthew Passion

4*

Adding staging to J.S. Bach’s highly fraught St. Matthew Passion could tip it into melodrama. But for Peter Sellars his production is ‘not a show, not theatre, it’s a prayer’. Here was a concert that never became a vehicle for display. Its focus was on the suffering of Christ, not the individual performer.

Camilla Tilling and Mark Padmore with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Peter Sellars' staging of the St Matthew Passion

Camilla Tilling and Mark Padmore with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Peter Sellars’ staging of the St Matthew Passion

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