Hussain abandons Passenger

Hussain abandons Passenger


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2015

Productions are coming thick and fast for Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera, The Passenger. It opened to standing ovations and rave reviews in Chicago on Tuesday and has its next production in Frankfurt-am-Main on Sunday.

Problem, though. Frankfurt’s British conductor, Leo Hussain, has fallen sick after five weeks of arduous rehearsals.

He will be substituted by a Frankfurt debutant,  Christoph Gedschold, who gave the opera its German premiere in Karlsruhe, back in 2013. The work is known in German by the feminine title, Die Passagierin.


production photo: Barbara Aumueller


  • Simon S. says:

    On the company’s website, Hussain continues to be announced for the second performance (6 March) and the rest of the series. May he indeed recover soon!

    However, it’s great news that they found a subsitute who is familiar with the piece.