Choir

More than hundred choristers will be standing on the Passion Play stage once again in 2020.

In the year 2020 the music for the Passion Play will once again be largely based on the compositions of Rochus Dedler (1779 – 1822). Rochus Dedler was born in Oberammergau. He graduated from solid music studies in Munich, his role models may also have been Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph and Michael Haydn. Basic parts of the music he composed for the year 1820 are regularly performed in Oberammergau, even beyond the Passion Play years, and are a consistent component of the local music culture.

In the course of time, Dedler’s music has frequently experienced adaptations and enhancements. Even the formation, which was originally rather a chamber music ensemble, was customised to the larger setting of the current Passion Play stage.

In the upcoming Passion Play normally 4 vocal soloists and 44 choristers will be performing on stage, at some scenes there will be a total of 64 vocalists.

Halleluja to accompany the Resurrection

Musical Direction

Markus Zwink

The musical director and conductor of the Passion Play comes from one of the oldest families in Oberammergau. For 40 years he has been giving decisive impulses to the musical life of his home village. He has accompanied Christian Stückl's theatre productions for almost as long. For the Salzburg new production of the Jedermann and as musical arranger and director of the Passion Play in 1990, 2000 and 2010, he contributed significantly to the success of the productions.

Eva Kammerer

Eva Kammerer studied music for teaching profession at the secondary school. She will conduct the Passion Plays 2020.

Dr. Christian Wolf

Christian Wolf studied school music, conducting and musicology. He was director of the Richard Strauss Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for 19 years. In 2017 he changed to the teaching profession and continued to devote himself to concert management, especially the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Until the end of 2018 he was managing director and dramaturge of the festival. Since January 2019 he has been conductor of the Passionsspiele 2020.

Solo Soprano

Dominika Breidenbach

The 23-year-old psychology student sang in the choir at the last Passion Play. In 2000 she was part of the people.

Maria Buchwieser

The 53-year-old music teacher at the secondray school conducted the orchestra at the 2000 Passion Play. In 2010 she performed as a soprano soloist.

Katharina Osterhammer

The 40-year-old head of planning  in the Artistic Administration of the Münchner Volkstheater is now on stage for the third time as a soprano soloist.

Franziska Zwink

The 27-year-old vocal student was part of the choir at the Passion Play 2010. In 2000 she was part of the people and could be seen in the living picture "On Calvary".

Maria Zwink

In 2010 the 29-year-old could be seen in the choir, in 2000 she was part of the people on stage. She is currently studying jazz singing and also music and biology for teaching.

Solo Contralto

Caroline Fischer-Zwink

The 53-year-old doctor already stood on the stage of the Passion Theatre in 2000 and 2010 as an contralto soloist.

Antonie Schauer

The 54-year-old businesswoman and sculptor already sang a soloist role at the Passion Play in 2000 and 2010.

Monika Frank

The 27-year-old flight attendant performed in the choir at the Passion Play 2010. In 2000 she was part of the people.

Gabriele Weinfurter-Zwink

The 61-year-old is a singer in the Bayerische Rundfunk Choir and has already performed as an contralto soloist at the 2000 and 2010 Passion Plays.

Veronika Pfaffenzeller

The 35-year-old works as a management consultant and agile coach. She played in the orchestra at the Passion Play in 2000 and 2010.

Solo Tenor

Korbinian Heinzeller

The 37-year-old sports and English teacher was already a tenor soloist at the 2010 Passion Play. In 2000 he stood on stage as a member of the choir.

Michael Pfaffenzeller

The 30-year-old cultural manager played in the orchestra at the 2000 Passion Play. In 2010 he stood on stage as a tenor soloist.

Solo Bass

Heino Buchwieser

The 62-year-old master carpenter and teacher at the Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Holzbildhauer in Oberammergau was already on stage at the Passion Play 2000 and 2010 as bass soloist.

Anton Sonntag

The 26-year-old student was a member of the choir at the Passion Play 2010 and performed among the people in 2000.

Josef Zwink

In addition to his profession as a hotelier, the 42-year-old performs as a concert singer. He also appeared as a bass soloist at the Passion Play in 2000 and 2010.

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