Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 opera “The Passenger,” which Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory co-presented at the Armory, offered a soupcon of “Titanic” vibes with its 1960’s Brazil-bound ocean liner’s huge white funnel and its first class carefree passengers — elegant in all-white suits and gowns — waltzing to an orchestra’s calming beat.
Violinist Linus Roth is the biggest fan of Polish-born Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. He calls ‘The Passenger’ the ‘only Holocaust opera worth watching.’
‘The Passenger,’ a gripping opera set in Auschwitz, was buried by the Soviets and lay dormant for 50 years. The Mieczyslaw Weinberg masterwork finally makes U.S. debut on Saturday.
Crossposted from Haaretz