Prague Philharmonic Choir, Choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek
Wiener Symphoniker, Conductor Teodor Currentzis
Stage Director, David Pountney
German, English, French, Polish, Russian
This edition was made possible by the generous support of
Sound Format 5.0 Dolby Digital and 2.0 Dolby Digital (Extras)
Picture Format 16:9
Running Time approx. 190 min.
Extras Documentary "In der Fremde"
(German, with English Subtitles, approx. 30 min.)
Lisa mezzo-soprano: Michelle Breedt
Walter tenor: Roberto Saccà
Martha soprano: Elena Kelessidi
Tadeusz baritone: Artur Rucinski
Katja soprano: Svetlana Doneva
Krzystina mezzo-soprano: Angelica Voje
Vlasta mezzo-soprano: Elżbieta Wróblewska
Hannah alto: Agnieszka Rehlis
Ivette soprano: Talia Or
Old Woman soprano: Helen Field
Bronka alto: Liuba Sokolova
1st SS Officer bass: Tobias Hächler
2nd SS Officer bass: Wilfried Staber
3rd SS Officer tenor: David Danholt
Elderly Passenger/Steward bass/actor: Richard Angas
Senior Overseer/Capo actor: Heide Capovilla
4 Soldiers: David Gabl, Michael Koch, Juliusz Kubiak, Anton Schwärzler
2 soldiers on watchtowers: Michelle Lau, Matthias Zuggal
Cooperation with Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium
Raphael Brunner, Stefan Mikic, Roger Szedalik,
Dominik Neunteufel, Michael Schatzmann (Dance Band)
Tadeusz' double/Chaconne violinist: Andreas Semlitsch
Set Design, Johan Engels
Costume Design, Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Design, Fabrice Kebour
Video Director, Felix Breisach
NEOS is releasing the sensational production of the opera "The
directed by David Pountney at the Bregenzer
Festspiele 2010. This was the opera's scenic first performance ever!
"The Passenger" is based on the eponymous novel of the Polish writer and
survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp,
The libretto was written by
Alexander Medvedev who died five days after the premiere at Bregenz.
On an ocean liner bound to Brazil, Lisa, the wife of a German diplomat
sees a fellow passenger whom she recognises as Marta, a Polish prisoner
from the Auschwitz concentration camp. Lisa is shocked because she thought
that Marta was dead. Because of this encounter, Lisa reveals her husband
Walter that she was an SS overseer during the war.
In flashbacks we are told about what happened in Auschwitz and about the
"relation" between Lisa and Marta.
The Wiener Symphoniker under the direction of Teodor Currentzis play the
opera’s music. Michelle Breedt, Elena Kelessidi and Roberto Saccà are
singing the leading parts accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic Choir.
This Blu-ray edition comes in a box with a 164 page booklet, including the
libretto translated into German, English, French and Polish
The opera is sung in German, English, French, Russian and Yiddish. In the
subtitles you can choose between this original version of the opera or the
German, English, French, Polish and Russian translations.
In addition to the opera you will find the documentary "In der Fremde"
made by ORF about Weinberg’s life, the creation of the novel by Zofia
Posmysz, her memories of Auschwitz and the working on the opera’s
production in Bregenz.
Interviews with David Pountney, Zofia Posmycz, Michelle Breedt (Lisa) and
This documentary’s language is German with English subtitles.
THE PASSENGER is going to be performed at several opera houses in Europe
and in the USA.