The PassengerConcerts & Performances
Florida Grand Opera will present Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger, the third installment of the company’s “Made for Miami” opera series. Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz wrote a play titled The Passenger in Cabin 45 for Polish radio in 1959, and the play became the source of Weinberg’s opera in 1967. The action of the drama takes us from the stylish gentility of an ocean liner’s deck to the squalor of a death camp, where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure. The opera tells the story of Liese, a former overseer in Auschwitz, on an ocean liner with her husband who is en route to a new diplomatic post in Brazil. She is stunned upon seeing one of the other passengers, believing her to have been one of the prisoners from Auschwitz. Her husband knows nothing of her past, and Liese is confronted with a harrowing situation. Weinberg, a Warsaw-born Polish Jew who lost his family to the Holocaust, died in 1996 without having seen his opera performed. Performances are Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $21 to $225.
Sunday, April 3 @ 2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 5 @ 8:00 PM
Friday, April 8 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 9 @ 8:00 PM