Johann Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy


semi-staged opera 10

March 24., Sunday 19:00

Hungarian State Opera

Oratorio in one part, in German, with Hungarian, English, and German subtitles

The Saint Matthew Passion is Bach's greatest work, one which constitutes an unsurpassable pinnacle not only of Protestant church music, but in the universal history of music. Forgotten after Bach's death, the work was played in Berlin on 11 March 1829, a century after its original performance, with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducting. The composer and conductor adapted the work to Romantic tastes in music performance, shortened it by a third, and employed an enormous (158-person) chorus and an orchestra scaled to match it. The resounding success resulted in a repeat performance on March 21, Bach's birthday, which became a significant social event: present were both the court and the crème de la crème of the contemporary German intelligentsia. This launched the Bach renaissance, and in a wider sense, the general practice of resurrecting earlier music.

The original publisher of the oratorio - Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag / Urtext Edition - Bärenreiter Praha s.r.o.


Hungarian State Opera
March 24, 2024
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
9:30 p.m.
Géza M. Tóth
Visual design and animation
Géza M. Tóth Balázs Fekti Antonin Krizsanics Miklós Gerdelics Tibor Nagy
Zsolt Czakó
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Head of the Children's Chorus
Nikolett Hajzer
Hungarian State Opera Chorus


Premiere: March 28, 2013

Hungarian State Opera
24. Barlay Zsuzsa season ticket
Hungarian State Opera


Yes: Jesus, passion, Bach and ballet – all in one place. (…) It is no exaggeration to state that the audience got the chance to be part of a true curiosity.” (Rudolf Gusztin, Playliszt)