The Passenger is taking flight

The Passenger is taking flight


norman lebrecht

February 22, 2015

When David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera in London almost four years ago, almost all the daily newspaper critics scorned it. Since then, the opera has grown and grown, in performances in German, Houston and New York.

On Tuesday, it reaches Chicago.

David Pountney’s production has been blighted by two tragic deaths – of its designer, Johan Engels, and of the critic and broadcaster Andrew Patner, who was one of its most passionate advocates. Watch Andrew preview The Passenger, together with Lyric Opera chief Anthony Freud (below), and try at all costs to see the opera.




  • ira says:

    the passenger has been announced for next season by florida grand opera in miami.

  • Ursula Dehne says:

    The passenger was first performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria.

  • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

    Opening night of first ever production at Oper Frankfurt, Sunday, March 1. I will be there.

  • Lori says:

    Yes, and another loss was the Lyric Opera Board President Kenneth Pigott. No doubt one of the Passenger evenings will be dedicated to his memory.

  • Lori says:

    Miami and Detroit next!!!

  • Christopher Bell says:

    Thank-you so much for posting this link. Wonderful to watch it and to hear and watch Andrew again. Riccardo Muti dedicated performances of Mozart Requiem in Chicago to Andrew this past week (amongst others).

  • Lucy Harbin says:

    Who will be this murderous opera’s next victim?