In Christian culture, Good Friday is the time of reverie and reminiscing about the passion and death of Christ. Traditionally, during the festival, we dedicate that day to works thematically related to the events that are said to have transpired on that day.

During the 19th edition, we will listen to St John’s Passion by Alessandro Scarlatti, performed by last year’s would-be residents of the festival – Leonardo García Alarcón and his ensembles Cappella Mediterranea and the Choeur de Chambre de Namur (their live concerts were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Alarcón is not afraid to put his personal twist in Scarlatti’s work: he adds six responsories for Holy Week, also composed by Scarlatti, and puts them in the key moments of the plot, to give the listeners an opportunity to reflect and meditate upon the events (the responsories function in a manner similar to the chorales in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passions).



Giuseppina Bridelli – mezzosoprano

Salvo Vitale – bas

Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Cappella Mediterranea

Leonardo García Alarcón – conductor


ICE Kraków Congress Centre, Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium Hall S1

Duration: 1,5h