Bohuslav Martinů’s opera The Greek Passion (Zurich version 1957/1959) can be seen today and tomorrow in a new productions at the Moravské divadlo Olomouc:
Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Die griechische Passion is based on the novel Der wieder gekreuzigte Christus [The re-crucified Christ] by Nikos Kazantzakis. The opera develops the Christian doctrine of “love thy neighbour” ad absurdum, as a group of refugees are driven out of their little Greek village just as the village is putting on a Passion play for Holy Week. The piece is centred on the general question of humanity. The Passion story is robbed of its uniqueness and revealed as a simple precedent for eternal tragedy.