Adam’s Passion

Reading time: 3 min. Arvo Pärt

Adam’s Passion is something we hear and see. I construct a kind of environment or space, that hopefully helps the public hear the music better. Arvo Pärt’s music is very difficult to stage. It is a work that we want to reflect on, and leaving the theatre it is something we continue to think about. It is important that what I do as a director or designer, stays open ended. I set up a space that can suggest ideas, but does not imply or insist that other people think what I think. (Robert Wilson)


Three years after its world première in Tallinn Adam’s Passion arrives in Berlin. On 27, 28 and 29 March the unique production by Robert Wilson to the music of Arvo Pärt will be performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin. The production consists of a chamber orchestra, a choir, five solo singers and actors.


Wilson’s vision, uniquely married to Pärt’s luminous musical essence, is a primeval, sculptural, and slow-motion dream – an ominous dream that cannot be forgotten. (Alexandra Ivanoff, Today’s Zaman, 17.05.2015)


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For this project, Arvo Pärt has selected three major compositions from his oeuvre: the two choral works Adam’s Lament and Miserere, and the double violin concerto Tabula rasa. This is joined by Sequentia, a work that Pärt composed especially for this production. Tönu Kaljuste conducts the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


View the scores

Adam’s Lament
Tabula Rasa