St Matthew Passion

Music by

Johann Sebastian Bach

Harris Theater

Chicago, US




Evangelist  Nicholas Phan
Jesus  Stephen Morscheck
Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Countertenor  Lawrence Zazzo
Tenor  Colin Ainsworth
Bass  Matthew Brook
Baritone  Tobias Greenhalgh


John Nelson


Emily Ellsworth


Donald Nally


Grammy Award-winning conductor John Nelson returns to Chicago to lead the fourth annual Chicago Bach Project in a one-night-only performance of Bach’s soaring St. Matthew Passion. Many consider it the most moving of all sacred works, portraying the musical narrative of the greatest story ever told. Maestro Nelson, whose recent release of the St. Matthew Passion on DVD has garnered high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and American Record Guide, brings “a deep and sensitive understanding of what gives this music its unique spiritual resonance and urgent dramatic power” (Chicago Tribune).

Chicago Bach Project’s sensational debut three years ago was hailed as one of Chicago’s “top 10 performances” of the year, “sensitively sung and beautifully played” (Chicago Classical Review). This return engagement—featuring the Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra, composed of Chicago’s finest musicians, including performers from the Lyric, CSO, and Grant Park Music Festival, along with Anima (Young Singers of Chicago) and a distinguished roster of world-class soloists—promises another profound musical experience. Don’t miss this one!

Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra

Anima (Young Singers of Greater Chicago)

Lisette Oropesa sings oratorio.

The Creation - Joseph Haydn

Since I am so involved with Opera, I never get much of a chance to sing oratorio, even though it is some of my favorite reporitore.



Review: St. Matthew Passion at Harris Theater

soprano Lisette Oropesa, whose lovely, plaintive vocal colorings made one anticipate her Susanna in the upcoming Ravinia performances of Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro"

—  John von Rhein  •  Chicago Tribune

Performance History

Lisette has given 106 performances as Soprano.