Actus tragicus at the Festival Theatre

Hilary Finch [Times Online, 6 September 2009]

Yes, this is the opera that Johann Sebastian Bach never wrote. Six cantatas staged in a huge doll’s house of a set, as a sort of community Everyman morality play. Actus tragicus was the director Herbert Wernicke’s artistic last will and testament: it was premiered in Basel in 2000 and Wernicke died two years later. The Stuttgart Staatsoper adopted the show in 2006 and have just brought it to Edinburgh, playing to packed houses.