Weinberg - Die Passagierin (The Passenger) (DVD) | Naxos 2110713

Weinberg - Die Passagierin (The Passenger) (DVD)

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 2110713

Barcode: 0747313571352

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 8th July 2022



Dshamilja Kaiser (mezzo-soprano)
Will Hartmann (tenor)
Nadja Stefanoff (soprano)
Markus Butter (baritone)
Chor der Oper Graz
Grazer Philharmoniker


Roland Kluttig


Weinberg, Mieczyslaw

Die Passagierin (The Passenger), op.97


Dshamilja Kaiser (mezzo-soprano)
Will Hartmann (tenor)
Nadja Stefanoff (soprano)
Markus Butter (baritone)
Chor der Oper Graz
Grazer Philharmoniker


Roland Kluttig


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.

This work is therefore still making its way in the world, and this Oper Graz production is acclaimed for its moving performances and highly effective stage setting. This DVD release follows on from a CD recording of the same production released on the Capriccio label (C5455); as a result of which Die Passagierin was declared ‘One of the most important and most brilliantly composed operas of the 20th century’ by Online Merker.

Director Nadja Loschky’s productions have ranged from Britten and Mozart to Verdi and Monteverdi in opera houses from Kassel and Heidelberg to Cologne and Zurich. She was resident director at Theater Bielefeld from the 2016–17 season, and is now artistic director.

Roland Kluttig and the Graz Philharmonic do a fine job here… The four main roles are excellently cast with Dshamilja Kaiser (mezzo-soprano, Lisa), Nadja Stefanoff (soprano, Marta), Will Hartmann (tenor, Walter) and Markus Butter (baritone, Tadeusz), both singing and acting. The interpretation of all involved is very clear, never overdone, without sentimentality, and yet always in the service of the characters being portrayed. Weinberg’s impressive music is of great beauty and grandeur. It is certainly one of the most perfect (and accessible even to the untrained listener) operas of the second half of the 20th century.’ – Pizzicato

- Lisa: Dshamilja Kaiser (mezzo-soprano)
- Walter: Will Hartmann (tenor)
- Marta: Nadja Stefanoff (soprano)
- Tadeusz: Markus Butter (baritone)

Stage director: Nadja Loschky
Set designer: Etienne Pluss
Costume designer: Irina Spreckelmeyer
Lighting designer: Sebastian Alphons
Dramaturgy: Marlene Hahn, Yvonne Gebauer
Video: Christian Weißenberger

Video director: Axel Stummer

Filmed on 11 & 12 February 2021 at Oper Graz, Austria

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and AC3 surround
Languages: German, Polish, French, Czech, Yiddish, Russian and English
Subtitles: German, English, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (worldwide)

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