Bach’s Johannes - Passion in the Duomo

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Bach’s Johannes – Passion in the Duomo

Wednesday, 27 March 2024, 8 p.m.

Milan Duomo


Johann Sebastian Bach

Passion according to John (Johannespassion)

BWV 245


Bernhard Berchtold Evangelist

Johannes Held Jesus

Ditte Marie Bræin Soprano

Ray Chenez Countertenor

Stefan Sbonnik Tenor

Christian Senn Baritone

Laura Andreini Ancilla

Alessandro Baudino Servus

Dario Previato Pilatus

Davide Benetti Petrus

Juan Manuel Quintana Viola da gamba

Jacopo Facchini Choirmaster


Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble laBarocca of Milan
Ruben Jais Director
Free admission from 7.15 p.m.
with compulsory booking from this page 





A triple anniversary: twenty-five years of Bach’s Passions at Easter, a tradition created and proposed to the city by the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Three hundred years since the composition of the Passion according to John by Johann Sebastian Bach. Ten years since the first performance of the traditional Easter Concert with the kind hospitality of Milan Duomo.

On Wednesday 27 March at 8 p.m., the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, in collaboration with Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, will present the Johannespassion BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Ensemble Strumentale e Vocale laBarocca di Milano conducted by Ruben Jais.

This appointment, by now a real must in the Milan Easter programme, is confirmed for the tenth year in the 2023/2024 Season, acquiring a special symbolic significance at a time in history troubled by the horrors of war and destruction.

Admission to the concert is free with compulsory booking from this page, starting at 9.00 a.m. on 19 March 2024, subject to availability.

For this special occasion, the concert will also be streamed: for those who are unable to go to the Duomo, it will be possible to connect to the Milan Duomo’s YouTube channel (Duomo Milano TV), also accessible from this website.



Johannes-Passion BWV 245


The Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) is the first of the two great Passionsmusiken known today by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The other is the Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244). It is the grandest transposition of the Passion of Christ written in music up to that time.

The Johannes-Passion is divided into two parts (originally a sermon was held between the first and second part). The highly dramatic composition begins and ends with two large choral pieces; the Passion of Christ is narrated by the Evangelist, with interventions by other characters (Jesus, Pilate, Simon Peter, etc.). The action unfolds through their voices in the form of the recitative, supported by the basso continuo (organ). The score also features many chorales, as many as 11, to comply with the Lutheran tradition, as well as arias and ariosi sung by soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices. During these musical moments, dedicated to reflection, the action stops. The characteristics of these solo pieces and the importance of the instrumental ensemble bring the genre of the Passion closer to that of melodrama.

An international cast completes the line-up for the masterpiece by the Genius of Eisenach, universally regarded as one of the greatest artistic expressions in the history of music: Bernhard Berchtold (Evangelist), Johannes Held (Jesus), Ditte Marie Bræin (Soprano), Ray Chenez (Countertenor), Stefan Sbonnik (Tenor), Christian Senn (Baritone), Laura Andreini (Ancilla), Alessandro Baudino (Servus), Dario Previato (Pilatus), Davide Benetti (Petrus). On viola da gamba, Juan Manuel Quintana, Jacopo Facchini the Choir Master. Conductor is M. Ruben Jais, founder of the Ensemble laBarocca di Milano.






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