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Sally Beamish The Judas Passion
David Harsent libretto
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Brenden Gunnell Judas
Roderick Williams Christ
Mary Bevan Mary Magdalene
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Co-Commission with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, we ask in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who sold him for 30 pieces of silver.
Written for our period instruments by Sally Beamish, The Judas Passion echoes Bach’s great Passions in its exploration of the Last Supper and the Easter story.
But with a sizzling text by poet and librettist David Harsent, it asks us to reconsider Judas and poses some very different questions. Was what he did necessary? Could he have done any differently? And can he be forgiven?
All Words for Forgiveness
Responses to the theme of forgiveness with composer Sally Beamish and librettist David Harsent
We are grateful to our friends at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, San Francisco for their support with this co-commission.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.
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