St John Passion

Music by

J.S. Bach

Harris Theater

Chicago, IL

Friday March 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Soloists

Evangelist  Nicholas Phan
Jesus  Stephen Morscheck
Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Countertenor  Lawrence Zazzo
Tenor  John Tessier
Baritone  Matthew Brook

Conductor

John Nelson

About

Grammy Award–winning conductor John Nelson returns to lead the fifth annual Chicago Bach Project in a performance of J. S. Bach’s powerful St. John Passion, featuring top-tier Chicago musicians in the Chicago Bach Choir (Donald Nally, chorus master) and Orchestra, with a world-class roster of soloists. Since its inauguration in 2011, the Chicago Bach Project performances, sponsored by Soli Deo Gloria, “are among the highlights of the classical music season.” —Chicago Tribune

The program also includes a performance of Alpha and Omega, a moving a cappella choral work by renowned Scottish composer James MacMillan. Commissioned in 2011 by SDG Music Foundation with support from Crossway Publishers, the concise 6-minute work is based on a text from the New Testament Book of Revelation: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” 

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Reviews

'St. John Passion,' Rising Stars concert lifts voices and hearts

Lisette Oropesa brought her limpid, plaintively expressive voice to the two soprano arias.

—  John von Rhein  •  Chicago Tribune

St. John Passion by Soli Deo Gloria, Chicago

The arias sung at the start and close of this part introduce the soprano and tenor voices. Ms. Oropesa’s introductory piece, “Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten” (“I shall follow you likewise with joyful steps”), was sung with a nice sense of melodic evenness, emphasizing especially the central line, “mein Leben, mein Licht” (“my life, my light”). Her voice blended well with the double flute accompaniment.

—  Salvatore Calomino  •  Opera Today

Performance History

Lisette has given 54 performances as Soprano.