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PHOTOS: LOON Opera’s St. John Passion

“It is finished…” Soloists mezzo-soprano KrisAnne Weiss (center-left), tenor Brian Wallin (center), and soprano Sarah Lawrence (center-right) stand over the crucified Jesus (baritone Jarrett Ott). Photo by Michelle Sangster.

Last weekend, the Lyric Opera of the North (LOON Opera for short) staged J.S. Bach’s seminal oratorio St. John Passion for the opening of its 2017-2018 season. This Duluth production was conducted by Dirk Meyer and featured stage direction by Robert Neu; scenic designs by Ann Gumpper; lighting design by Alex Flinner; and costume, hair, and makeup by Ora Jewell-Busche.

Here’s a look at the powerful production’s on-stage rendering:

“O great love, o love beyond all measure…” The acting chorus sympathizes with Jesus (Jarrett Ott) after his arrest. Photo by Michelle Sangster.
Mezzo-soprano KrisAnne Weiss comforts a bound and blindfolded Jesus (Jarrett Ott). Weiss’ green gown was custom-designed and built by costume designer Ora Jewell-Busche. Photo by Michelle Sangster.
Jesus (Jarrett Ott, center) is supported by Brian Wallin (left) and Douglas Webster (right). Photo by Michelle Sangster.
“Melt, my heart…” Pictured: the Evangelist (Jarrett Ott) and soloist Sarah Lawrence. Photo by Michelle Sangster.
The curtain call at the end of the Passion brought an extended standing ovation. Photo by Michelle Sangster.
Twin Cities Arts Reader