Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera The Passenger was written in the 1960s but never produced until it was seen at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2010. Since then, it has been acclaimed as one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. The music has been lauded at Houston Grand Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival in New York.

It tells the story of a passenger on an ocean liner with her husband, who is en route to a new diplomatic post in South America. She believes one of the other passengers may have been a prisoner in Auschwitz, where she had served as an SS overseer. Her husband knows nothing of her past, and she finds herself in a harrowing, perilous situation.

Florida Grand Opera will present the same physical production that was seen in Bregenz, with its two-tiered design allowing the action to shift seamlessly between the ocean liner and the Auschwitz concentration camp. This South Florida premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year.