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Mieczysław Weinberg: The Passenger / Oper Graz

Weinberg’s powerful Holocaust drama The Passenger staged by Nadja Loschky and performed by the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra under Roland Kluttig.

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Opera in two acts, eight scenes and an epilogue, Op. 97 (1968)
Libretto by Alexander Medvedev, based on the novel of the same name by Zofia Posmysz.

Mieczysław Weinberg’s powerful Holocaust drama Die Passagierin channels his and his family’s ordeals of wartime and Soviet persecution, applying them musically to Zofia Posmysz’s autobiographical novel. The score was praised by Shostakovich for its "beauty and greatness", with a narrative that unfolds on an ocean liner bound for Brazil on which a former Auschwitz guard and one of her Polish prisoners confront impossible moral conflict and harrowing flashbacks in music that is sparse, dark, sardonic and intermittently tender. This acclaimed Oper Graz production draws us movingly into the raw unimaginable madness of this imperishable moment in history.

Lisa – Dshamilja Kaiser, mezzo-soprano
Walter – Will Hartmann, tenor
Marta – Nadja Stefanoff, soprano
Tadeusz – Markus Butter, baritone

Chor der Oper Graz
Grazer Philharmoniker
Conductor – Roland Kluttig

Stage Director – Nadja Loschky
Set Designer – Etienne Pluss

Video Director – Axel Stummer
Filmed on 11 and 12 February 2021 at Oper Graz, Austria

Total time: 143 minutes
Languages: German, Polish, French, Czech, Yiddish, Russian, English · Subtitles: German, English, Japanese, Korean
DVD: NTSC 16:9 · PCM stereo and AC3 surround · DVD 9 · Region: 0 (Worldwide)
Blu-ray: HD 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1 · BD 50 · Region: A, B, C

Naxos DVD 2.110713 / Blu-Ray NBD0144V
Capriccio 2 CDs C5455

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