Arvo Pärt PASSIO: St John Passion in the Dark


19 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM




If you were to listen to one of the most profound works of the 20th Century in darkness, would you hear it differently?

The story of the Passion of Christ tells of the last days of Jesus, specifically his arrest, trial and suffering, leading up to his crucifixion. The biblical narrative has inspired countless artists, including Estonian composer Arvo Pärt who wrote one of the bleakest and most visceral musical settings of the Passion.

Taking place in the cavernous darkness of the Concert Hall, this unusual performance of Pärt’s PASSIO immerses the audience in his sparse and sublimely interweaving harmonies, as well as the heaviness and redemption of the Passion story.

(Performed in Latin with English surtitles)

Michael Leighton Jones, conductor

The Choir of St James’

Philip Murray, Jesus

Christopher Roache, Pilate

Evangelist Quartet

Brooke Shelley, soprano

Stephanie Dillon, alto

Owen Elsley , tenor

Andrew Fysh, bass

Schola Cantorum Singapore

Albert Tay, chorusmaster


Tang Tee Tong, violin

Joost Flach, oboe

Ryan Sim, cello

Yap Zi Qi, bassoon

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Esplanade Concert Hall
1 Esplanade Drive
Singapore 038981