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St Matthew Passion 2020

St Matthew Passion 2020 St Matthew Passion 2020

The background

St Matthew Passion 2020

Important message:
Concerts St Matthew Passion canceled until March 31, 2020.

Hier zittert das gequälte Herz
, and this is what we will find to our cost! The St Matthew Passion is brought to life as never before.

Expect the unexpected from Leonardo García Alarcón.“

The passion for Bach runs deep in Argentinian harpsichordist, organist and conductor Leonardo García Alarcón. As a young boy, his grandma gave him a cassette – of the St Matthew Passion nota bene – and it was love at first hearing. In Buenos Aires, he saw celebrities like William Christie, Sigiswald Kuijken and Jordi Savall at work, which prompted him to make the crossing to Europe himself in 1997.

Whilst Alarcón developed as a leading Baroque opera specialist, Bach remained at his heels. After pulling out all the stops with his Choeur de Chambre de Namur in Bach’s secular cantatas and the Mass in B minor, it is now the turn of the Bach Society in the St Matthew Passion. Expect the unexpected, as Alarcón places the orchestras far apart and literally gives space to his singers: Bach with lyrical allure.

The concert

Works and Performance


St Matthew Passion, BWV 244


Netherlands Bach Society
conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón

Thomas Hobbs, evangelist

Isabel Schicketanz, soprano
Alex Potter, alto (from 5 April)
Ben Williamson, alto (until 4 April)
Valerio Contaldo, tenor
Felix Schwandtke, bass

Myriam Arbouz, soprano
Marine Fribourg, alto
Guy Cutting, tenor
Drew Santini, bass

Kampen Boys Choir

Experience more

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St Matthew Passion

oratorios and Passions, BWV 244