The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
In January 2009, San Francisco Opera announced the commission of “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.” The première has been scheduled for June 19, 2013: Sasha Cooke takes the title rôle, opposite the Yeshua of Nathan Gunn, while Maria Kanyova plays Yeshua’s mother Miriam and William Burden plays his disciple Peter; Kevin Newbury directs, and Michael Christie conducts. The author and annotator Thomas May, whose 2002 article (for andante.com) on Little Women and other new operas made a gracious and lucid argument for that score, has written for the November issue of San Francisco Opera’s magazine a preview piece (.pdf) on the opera. Tom is the author of Decoding Wagner: An Invitation to His World of Music-Drama, and The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer; his article makes as eloquent an introduction to the world of the piece as one could wish. More here.