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War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
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3.4 / 5 Rated by 9 members
Review from Mark Freeman
123 events 25 reviews

This was an almost unbearably boring experience. While the singing was good (thin but good, except for one tenor who was great) the staging was nonexistent, one static set and nothing happening on it. In fact, that is the problem with the writing...continued

reviewed Jul 05 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Julie Lockfeld
42 events 11 reviews

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...continued

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Review from joan procter
8 events 5 reviews

I bought a Dress Circle fix. As the area was not full and the opera was FASCINATING, I enjoyed the 2nd act from a front row seat.
I loved the libretto, which the composer himself wrote and in poetry ! tho the opera was 3 hours long (1...continued

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She has long been condemned as a harlot, or dismissed as a minor player in a well-known sacred narrative, but ancient manuscripts discovered in recent decades tell a very different story, giving us a striking new viewpoint on Jesus’ message to humanity. Mary Magdalene is placed at the center of the story in this world premiere by Mark Adamo, a “brilliant theater composer” (New Yorker) whose Little Women is the most frequently performed new opera of the past 20 years. Kevin Newbury, lauded for his “imagination and emotional nuance” (The New York Times_), directs a resplendent cast that includes Sasha Cooke, William Burden and Maria Kanyova. Nathan Gunn, who possesses “a voice of stunning authority” (The _New York Times), sings the role of Yeshua. Michael Christie, in his San Francisco Opera debut, conducts.

“No Gospel was written as history. But every gospel—not only those included in the New Testament—contains fragments of the history of Jesus of Nazareth and of those who followed him. In 2007 I wondered: Could you develop from those fragments a credibly human original version of the story that we know only through its later, magical embellishments? In such a new New Testament, might its women characters speak as eloquently as its men? (The Gnostic Gospels suggest as much.) And might such a story gain, rather than lose, nobility, breadth, passion, nerve, if—instead of the usual saints, angels, and sinners—it centered on human beings making momentous decisions guided only by painful experience, moral intuition, and the light they have to see by? The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is my answer.” —Mark Adamo, composer


Sung in English with English supertitles.

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater, in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain.

Post-performance discussions with Professor Kayleen Asbo are free to ticketholders and take place immediately following each performance. _

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