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Sellar Stages Bach

Posted at 9:31 AM on July 12, 2012 by Daniel Gilliam
Filed under: Johann Sebastian Bach

I don't know how I missed this back in April, but thanks to Fresh Air for their feature on Tuesday reviewing the latest production of Peter Sellars.

A new DVD has been released of The Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, Mark Padmore, Camilla Tilling and Thomas Quasthoff along with several choirs, performing a semi-staged production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Sellars is known for staging operas in unusual venues, from Handel's Orlando in space to Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in a luxury New York apartment. He's collaborated with John Adams and Kaija Saariaho. And who could forget his role as Dr. Ohara in the TV series Miami Vice.