Askonas Holt artists shine in Bach’s St Matthew Passion



Askonas Holt artists have been praised for their performances in Jonathan Miller’s semi-staged St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre.

Conducted in-the-round by Paul Goodwin – with few props and no costumes – Jonathan Miller’s approach to this wonderful work brings us closer to the action and able to focus on Bach’s music.

Performances have been described as energetic and electrifying “conducted alertly by Paul Goodwin, who has compiled and edited a crisp English Translation” (Evening Standard). The Independent wrote of our superb young singers: “tenor Benjamin Hullett’s singing takes the breath away, while bass Mark Stone lends ringing gravitas to the closing stages of the drama”. Tenor Andrew Staples sings Evangelist and as the Evening Standard describes “he is a guiding narrative presence, as the role demands, and his warm fluid tenor voice is eloquent and intimate”, whilst The Guardian writes “closest to our hearts, undoubtedly, was the Evangelist of Andrew Staples – marvellous both in tenor clarity and in fresh, natural phrasing”.

 

Performances run until Sunday 2nd October at the National Theatre.

 

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