“St. Luke Passion” in Alvernia Studios

On 31st March and 1st April 2012 Alvernia Studios will host the premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s “St. Luke Passion” directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna.


On 31st March and 1st April, Alvernia Studios will host two premiere performances of Krzysztof Penderecki’s “St. Luke Passion”, staged by Grzegorz Jarzyna. The show was prepared on the initiative of the National Audiovisual Institute as the closing part of the Polish Presidency 2011 National Cultural Programme. The event will accompany the Misteria Paschalia festival.


Krzysztof Penderecki created his most famous work, “St. Luke Passion” (“Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Lucam”), in the years 1963-1965. It was ordered by the German radio broadcasting institution Westdeutscher Rundfunk on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the Münster Cathedral, where the piece conducted by Henryk Czyż was premiered on 30th March 1966. The composer had also in mind the 1000th anniversary of Poland’s baptism in the same year. In Poland, St. Luke Passion was premiered on 22nd April 1999 in Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków. Already in the year of its world premiere, “St. Luke Passion” was included in the programme of the Music Festival at Venice Biennale. In the years to follow, it was performed on numerous occasions throughout Europe, USA, South America, and Japan. Numerous recordings were made.


Vocals will be performed by: Iwona Hossa – soprano, Piotr Nowacki – bass, and Thomas Bauer – baritone. The soloists will be accompanied by CAMERATA SILESIA – The Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble, the PUERI CANTORES SANCTI NICOLAI Boys’ Choir, andAUKSO Chamber Orchestra of Tychy, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.


The performances are organised by the National Audiovisual Institute, the Krakow Festival Office, the City of Krakow, the Katowice – City of Gardens Cultural Institution and the City of Katowice.


Tickets, priced at PLN 120, are on sale from 20th February at and at threeInfoKraków points. The price of the ticket also includes transport from Krakow or Katowice.


Media representatives are asked to register in order to obtain the accreditation for the event (free of charge) by sending an e-mail to by 5th March 2012.

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