What is Truth?


Jesus and Pontius Pilate
A musical-literary Passion programme

Thomas Thieme, narrator
Julia Böhme, alto
La Folia Baroque Orchestra

Excerpts from the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Passion compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Dieterich Buxtehude, Heinrich Schütz and others

Pontius Pilate has a headache and the pressures of his job are becoming too much for him, yet he also longs for recognition. In Mikhail Bulgakov’s epochal novel The Master and Margarita, he is a complex and inconsistent character. Considering the events of the Passion story from the perspective of Judea’s Roman prefect means viewing the last stages of Christ’s suffering from a completely different angle. For example the moment when Pilate asks the question, which is also recorded in the Bible, of ‘What is Truth?’ and, unlike in the Bible, Jesus answers him: ‘The overriding Truth is that you have a headache. You want your dog to comfort you; it seems to be the only creature you are truly attached to. Do not worry, your suffering will be over soon; your headache will pass.’

Thomas Thieme, well-known for his memorable performances in numerous film and TV productions, lends his voice to the disgruntled Pontius Pilate. Baroque compositions interpreted by the La Folia Baroque Orchestra commentate, emphasise and contrapuntally disrupt the story. With its historic instruments, the La Folia lives up to its name: In the baroque period, the term ‘la folia’ encompassed daring, wildness, exuberance, artistic freedom and creativity.
Alto Julia Böhme, who performs regularly at the Handel Festival in Halle, for example, and cooperates closely with the Berlin-based Lautten Compagney baroque ensemble, will be singing some of the most beautiful Passion music arias.

What is Truth?


  • Saturday, 31.03.2018
  • 19:00
  • Schinkel Church

Price group I: € 22 / concessions € 18
Price group II: € 18 / concessions € 14

In cooperation with the Thuringia Bach Festival

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