How was your experience?
I'm an occasional opera patron and no scholar of the biblical stories. I will say that I enjoyed this opera experience even in the balcony. There was only one aria Mary sang that I might want to listen to over and over in my car though her voice was full and round and clear and beautiful. The libretto seemed a little dull and pedantic - nothing really touched me in a poetic way or soared emotionally that I noticed musically. But still I liked it. It was so personal. The acting by the leads, even with close ups on big screen, was so believable - kissing and all. It was sensual and resonant. Earlier during the week I had caught a snippet on NPR about the discovery that the scripture that says, "Be ye perfect" before it was translated was actually, "Be ye wholehearted" which meant acceptance and inclusion of humanity rather than selective of just the "good" parts. There is a healing energy when we can be with our more truthful presence. I felt this while "being with" the Mary and Jesus and Peter performances. Great acting, human, merely being, speaks volumes.