Easter means ‘passion-time’, but this year I will not be playing any of Bach’s passions. I will join B’Rock Orchestra that will be putting Scarlatti’s St John Passion on their music stands. This Neapolitan baroque composer is the spiritual father of modern opera. His St John Passion confirms this reputation: emotions, plaintive dissonants and a perfect synthesis of words and music make this work exceptionally expressive and dramatic. Passio! includes numerous firsts: to underline the opera element of Scarlatti’s oratorio, B’Rock is presenting St John Passion in a brand new semi-staged version.