San Francisco Opera Debuts Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
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The last date listed for The Gospel of Mary Magdalene was Friday July 5, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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. _