Does classical music need more theatre?
Alex Ross describes the Simon Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic St. Matthew Passion as his 'DVD of the week (perhaps of the year)'. Peter Sellars is responsible for the direction, or as more accurately described in the DVD credits, the ritualization. My experience of the week (perhaps of the year) was Waiting for Godot at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in the acclaimed production by the Black-led Talawa Theatre Company. As can be seen from the production photo above this staging combines the visual with the dramatic. That Berlin St. Matthew Passion also has a strong theatrical element, yet many of the attempts to popularise classical music eliminate the theatrical by making it less formal. Does classical music need more, not less, theatre?
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