Calssicalify is on tour and started out some days ago in buzzing London.
First on the agenda was a visit to English National Opera at the Coliseum to see Mieczysław Weinberg’s 1968 opera "The Passenger". Not a very famous opera, but well recieved in 2010 at Bregenz (there is a DVD of that performance).
The opera is based upon a semi-autobiographical novel by Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz and the story tells us about an encounter between two women, one a former Auschwitz guard, the other a former prisoner. The meeting on a ship plunges them both back into the horrors of the Holocaust, pitting perpetrator against victim in a moral battle between guilt and denial, retribution and absolution.
The set are in two levels, the upper level beeing the ship and the lower level beeing the concentration camp. When Liese Franz (Michelle Breedt) remember the horror from the camp and her task as overseer we are being told the horrorful story and memories down below. That was very effective and very frightful. Marta, the polish prisoner, who is the mysterious woman on the ship, is sung by Giselle Allen. The cast is strong all over, the conducting is good, the music is a mixture of classical opera, jazz and showtunes.
This was a strong experience and Calssicalify is more than satisfied.