The Gospel According to the Other Mary Tour Tickets
The Gospel According to the Other Mary Makes Audiences Think and Feel
A 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize For Music, The Gospel According to the Other Mary is quickly establishing itself as an instant classic. With music by the famed American composer John Adams and a libretto by the visionary theatre artist Peter Sellars, the oratorio received rave reviews and blew audiences away upon its semi-staged premiere in Los Angeles. Fans with Gospel According to the Other Mary tickets will get to see this work in an opulent, exciting, and enigmatic full staging.
The plot of The Gospel According to the Other Mary focuses around the final days of Jesus' life, but retells this story from the perspective of Mary Magdalene, "the Other Mary" of the work's title. Peter Sellars adapted the libretto from a range of biblical sources and contemporary commentaries, including the work of the writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. The plot moves back and forth between Ancient Rome and the present, drawing parallels between Christ's crucifixion and contemporary events such as the Arab Spring. Notably, there is no character cast as Jesus, who is treated as an abstract embodiment in this eclectic work.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary has an upcoming run at the English National Opera. The ENO has a long association with Adams and Sellars, and the first fully staged run of the opera is highly anticipated.
The English National Opera has previously staged all three of John Adams' operas, including, most recently, The Death of Klinghoffer. While the production went off without a hitch in 2012, when the Metropolitan Opera attempted to revive the work for their fall 2014 season, it was met with protests and controversy over its subject matter. This was treated with wry amusement in much of the British arts press who couldn't understand the upheaval over a production that had been a favourite among fans and critics alike just two years earlier in London.
The cast of the English National Opera production is star-studded, featuring Patricia Bardon as Mary Magdalene, Meredith Arwady as Martha, Russell Thomas as Lazarus, and Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, and Nathan Medley as the counter-tenor chorus. The sound design is provided by Mark Grey, and the set designer is the brilliant George Tsypin who's best known for creating the opening ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The production is directed by its originator Peter Sellars with the composer John Adams' personal involvement. The original semi-staged production in Los Angeles was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel who led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, while the fully staged British production is conducted by the award-winning opera director and conductor Joana Carneiro leading the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary was composed by John Adams who quickly rose to fame in the international world of contemporary classical music following his training at Harvard University. He is based in Berkeley, California where he is hailed as one of the leading figures of opera, orchestral, and chamber music writing today. Among his dozens of accolades, he can count four Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Graewemeyer Award. The Gospel According to the Other Mary is his latest venture into opera and oratorio. He has already achieved major successes with The Death of Klinghoffer, El Nino, Doctor Atomic, and his seminal work, Nixon in China, which is considered a classic of modern opera and frequently revived around the world. John Adams has had a long working relationship with the renowned theatre director Peter Sellars, who, in addition to his groundbreaking productions around the world, holds a position as a professor at UCLA.
The work is produced and presented by the English National Opera, continuing the company's long legacy of supporting new work by living composers. It is a co-production with Theater Bonn, with support from the ENO's Contemporary Opera Group.
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