Written for the OAE’s 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 his decision to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, and poses some challenging questions. Was what he did necessary? Could he have done any differently? And can he be forgiven?
This exciting new Passion is accompanied by All Words of Forgiveness, a literary project exploring the role of forgiveness in contemporary society.
A co-commission with Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco).
PerformersOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
RepertoireSally Beamish: The Judas Passion (World premiere)
Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Please note start time of 7pm.
There is no interval in this performance which ends at approx. 8pm
Pre-concert event: 6pm, St John's, Smith Square
All Words for Forgiveness: Responses to the themes of forgiveness with composer Sally Beamish and librettist David Harsent. Admission free.
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