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Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Mar 23 - Mar 25


A work of startling emotional and psychological depth, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion brings together the whole of the composer’s musical language in the service of expressing his deep personal faith. Tenor Nicholas Phan sings the role of the Evangelist. 

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion


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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


3 Hours 15 Minutes with Intermission

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J.S. Bach

St. Matthew Passion


  • Jaap van Zweden


    Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    In the 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. In addition to symphonic cornerstones, he conducts the Orchestra in the World Premieres of works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Joel Thompson, and Joan Tower; a US Premiere by Nico Muhly; and New York Premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar.

    Highlights from recent Philharmonic seasons include the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, including Tania León’s Stride, which was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music; the new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Barber, Beethoven, Bruckner, Philip Glass, Mozart, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Nina C. Young, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

    Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

    Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

    In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

    Learn more about Jaap van Zweden
  • Nicholas Phan

    Tenor (Evangelist)

    American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. With an incredibly diverse repertoire, spanning almost 500 years of music, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. He also an avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music; in 2010 he co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), an organization devoted to promoting this underserved repertoire. 

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  • Davóne Tines


    American bass-baritone Davóne Tines is a path-breaking artist whose work is redefining what it means to be a classical singer in the 21st century. As a Black, gay, classically trained performer at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics, he is engaged in work that blends opera, art song, contemporary classical music, spirituals, gospel, and songs of protest, as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance that connects to all of humanity. During the 2021–22 season, Tines was appointed Detroit Opera’s first ever artist-in-residence — a role that culminates in performances of the title role in Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X in the spring of 2022 — and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale’s first-ever creative partner. His ongoing projects include Recital No. 1: MASS, a program exploring the Ordinary of the Mass through Western European, African American, and 21st-century traditions, and Concerto No. 1: SERMON — a program he conceived for voice and orchestra that weaves arias by John Adams, Anthony Davis, Igee Dieudonné, and Mr. Tines himself with texts by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Jessica Care Moore; it was premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by music director Yannick Nézet Séguin. Tines was recently named Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year. He is a winner of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which recognizes extraordinary classical musicians of color, and the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award from Lincoln Center. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, where he also serves as guest lecturer.

  • Amanda Forsythe


    Amanda Forsythe regularly appears as soloist with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She has worked with conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas Kraemer, Nicholas McGegan, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, and Christophe Rousset.

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  • Tamara Mumford


     American mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford has gained a reputation as an exciting and in-demand singer appearing with many of the finest orchestras and opera houses in the United States and Europe. A graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has appeared in more than 150 performances with the company, including in Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, John Adams’s Nixon in China, Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Her other recent opera engagements have included the premiere of Poul Ruders’s The Thirteenth Child at Santa Fe Opera; Rossini’s Tancredi with Teatro Nuovo; Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira and Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival; Henze’s Phaedra, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder's Yardbird at Opera Philadelphia; and L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the BBC Proms.

    Learn more about Tamara Mumford
  • Paul Appleby


    Paul Appleby is one of the most sought-after voices in the lyric tenor repertoire because of his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity. His 2021–22 season performances include The Metropolitan Opera productions of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Handel’s Rodelinda, the title role of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict in a new production at Oper Köln, a North American recital tour, and presentations with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) throughout the country.

    Learn more about Paul Appleby
  • Philippe Sly


  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director


    Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City, was founded in 1964 by Richard Westenburg, and is now under the artistic leadership of Kent Tritle, who begins his 13th season as music director this year. Musica Sacra presents performances each year at venues throughout New York, including those at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Carnegie Hall, where its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah are a New York holiday tradition.

    Learn more about Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director

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Major support for SPIRIT, featuring J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, is provided by an anonymous donor.


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