The Passion of Olesa de Montserrat – La Passió d’Olesa de Montserrat
Olesa de Montserrat – La Passió – The Passion Of Olesa de Montserrat
There is documentation that shows that this has been running since the 16th century. The locals of the town play the parts in the Passion Play and it is quite famous. It’s theatrical nature keeps people excited about their roots, and it shows the creativity of one of the oldest traditions even in times that have changed almost beyond recognition. It is a concept that seems to go beyond sacred drama . The energy that is put into this, shows how the locals work selflessly to capture the essence of this tradition of almost 500 years of history.
The earliest record of The Passion of d’Olesa can be dated back to 1538. These performances have been perpetuated over the centuries, but of course not only in the town of Olesa de Montserrat but in many other parts of Europe. Of course it is often the case that the Passion has been modernised over time, often being adapted to suit the modern requirements of larger theatrical performances. Around 1000 players take part with enthusiasm and the shows improve year after year.
The Passion takes place in a theatre that was designed by architect John Baca in 1987 , after the fire in 1983 destroyed the theatre where it had been performed for 50 years. The theatre has a capacity for 50 musicians in the orchestra pit, and just under 1500 spectators on one floor.
The almost 1000 people who unselfishly strive each year to provide wonderful performances and the response from the audiences are proof that the Passion of d’Olesa is a very important social event. In fact on the 16th April 1996 a world record happened, when the players of the Passion performed simultaneously, on 729 different stages.
In 2002 the Cross of St. George was awarded to The Passion of d’Olesa Montserrat by the Government of Catalonia. This was a well deserved recognition of so many years of work of these people, who put so much of themselves into keeping one of the oldest traditions alive in Europe.
General admission: €20
Over 65 or with youth card: €15
Children between 7 to 13 years of age: €5
Under 7 years of age: Free
There are also packages which include dinner, as well as group packages.
Centre Informacio 1 (Information Centre)
La Passió dOlesa de Montserrat
Carrer Anselm Clavé 109
Olesa de Montserrat 08640
Phone: 937 781 009