The Gospel According to the Other Mary

The West Coast’s year of Magdalene music-drama begins: this weekend the Los Angeles Philharmonic gives the world premiere of John Adams’ and Peter Sellars’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, with Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Master Chorale and, in the title role, the sterling mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor.  I haven’t heard the score, but the libretto is beautiful–an allusive and evocative blend of the New Testament with texts of Dorothy Day, Primo Levi, Louise Erdrich, and others–and I wish the creators and interpreters every success with the piece.

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