Fall Focus: Passion and Pietà

The nights have turned cool, and whether you’re in Berlin, Montreal or Osaka, the evenings beckon a warming tea, sake or whisky. And despite being in polar opposition to the usual “Passion” season of Easter, event planners seem to have conspired to fill my calendar with cantatas and passions, which, upon introspection, provide a rather fitting sympathetic feeling of mourning in the fall.

By a lucky stroke of fate, this fall is also filled with Bach and Pergolesi: following an exciting performance in the title role of Pergolesi’s opera “Adriano in Siria” with Opera Settecento in London (click here to read a review in the Telegraph), I quickly skipped out of the country and made my way to Japan for a series of concerts in the Kansai region. Headlined by a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew passion in Osaka’s beautiful Izumi Hall with the fabulous Telemann Orchestra and Choir (who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year!), I will then be giving a recital of music centred around the Virgin Mary, including Pergolesi’s “Salve Regina”, Vivaldi’s “Stabat Mater” and Bach’s Cantata for the Purification of Mary BWV 82 “Ich habe genug” – hence the “Pietà” reference in the title of this post.

Hard on the heels of Japan, it’s off to Montreal to perform some more Bach cantatas with the Bande Montreal Baroque headed by Eric Milnes and a fabulous line-up of soloists. And to make the trinity of continents within the span of a month complete, I’m back in my current home-base of Berlin to perform an amazing contemporary setting of the passion story by Dariusz Przybylski with the mega-talented Solistenensemble PHØNIX16. Check out the trailer for their recording of this great piece below:


You can find details about all of the performances on the Events Page of my website or via the links below.

Oct. 10: Bach – St. Matthew Passion (Osaka, JP)

Oct. 12: Mater Misericordiae – Works by Bach and Pergolesi (Shukugawa, JP)

Oct. 25: Bach – Cantatas 76, 79, 98 (Montreal, CA)

Nov. 14: Przybylski – Passio (Berlin, DE)

Enjoy the fall, I hope it is as filled with passion and compassion as mine promises to be!