Mei-Ann Chen conducts the NY premiere of Adamo's concerto, featuring soloist Jeffrey Zeigler
This concert seeks to raise significant funds to benefit Ukrainian charities
Opera Holland Park Announces UK Premiere of Little Women
Chicago Opera Theater Announces Performances of 'Becoming Santa Claus'
The New Century Chamber Orchestra will give the world premiere in San Francisco on November 4-7
Mark Adamo and John Corigliano reveal their inspiration and creative process behind "The Lord of Cries."
This will be the first film made of Adamo's opera "Lysistrata," set to premiere in October 31, 2021.
"Delightful, albeit unusual, holiday fare... "Becoming Santa Claus'" complex score and clever libretto (with a plot just begging for a Pixar adaptation) were both written by Adamo; though the subject matter is child-centric, Adamo’s dense and vocally challenging score is anything but."
“The libretto is by Mark Adamo, Corigliano’s husband, who is himself an opera composer of considerable accomplishment... Adamo’s double-layered conceit is a good match for Corigliano’s aesthetic, which thrives on the collision of disparate spheres.”
“The opera cleverly combines Euripides’ Bacchae with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If that sounds like solely an intellectual exercise, it actually works well.”
“Mark Adamo mines a hitherto academic stance connecting the ancient Greek god of wine to the most penetrating supernatural creature born from the fertile end-of-century Gothic imagination, and presents a libretto grounded in poetic repetition.”
“The Lord of Cries is challenging stuff—a complete theatrical immersion … Contemporary politics and even the world of pandemic we have been living through all seem relevant to one of the basic ideas of the opera—fear of the ‘other.’”
“Even when dizzyingly difficult, the angular vocal lines are singable and memorable—the hallmarks of effective opera whether composed by Mozart, Verdi, Gounod, Wagner, or Adamo.”
“...delivering more genuine laughs than just about any comic opera since Gianni Schicchi...His amusing, slang-strewn libretto uses the Aristophanes original only as a point of departure.”
“It’s merry, it’s bright, and, in the best possible, most imaginative ways, it is very, very Adamo...Claus’s magical childhood kingdom sparkles with mystery thanks to inventive orchestration.”
“Adamo creates a completely new legend for his Santa Claus and sets a Pixar-esque opera with an explosion of kaleidoscopic music.”
“The resulting work is not a “children’s opera”, but a musically sophisticated fantasy, that explores a 13-year old boy’s psyche.”
“...Adamo’s opera, which aims to reconcile sexuality with a Christian life, and which argues for a woman’s right to possess a physical identity without abandoning spirituality, could not have found a more appropriate home than the San Francisco Opera.”
“By emphasizing the humanity of its characters – disregarding Christian dogma and supernatural dissonances (virgin birth, miracles, resurrection) – Adamo has located the story’s more universal aspects and created a compelling, dramatic journey.”
“Mr. Adamo knows how to set English so that the words come through clearly when sung, a technique that too many opera composers struggle with.”
“Adamo has the ingenious knack for creating memorable themes whose recurrences serve as signposts for the drama, and his vocal writing is both urgent and shapely.”
“...he has an extraordinary ear for vocal writing and a knack for theater, and has written an engaging, coherent, and beautiful work.”
“Mr. Adamo, who also wrote the libretto, invents characters and conflicts and makes the story a richer human drama…”
“...Little Women is a carefully structured, sophisticated score that finds a workable balance between 12-tone techniques -- many of the major recurring themes are built from tone rows -- and unabashed lyricism.”
The piece was world premiered with the New Century Chamber Orchestra and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler
‘Becoming Santa Claus’ composer aims to entertain both children and adults, Pixar style.
Through a haunting musical dialogue with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Adamo asks us to consider what it means for something baked so deeply into our evolutionary subconscious to be permanently altered.
In “The Lord of Cries,” the composer has boldly returned to a form that he set aside in the early nineties.
From Page-To-Stage looks at the creative forces involved with bringing to life the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of "The Lord of Cries." In this episode, John Corigliano and Mark Adamo reveal their inspiration and creative process.
Interview about collaborating with John Corgliano, writing the libretto, the premiere of “The Lord of Cries” at the Santa Fe Opera.
The composers discuss drawing on Dracula and The Bacchae for The Lord of Cries — and collaborating as a married couple
Best known for his acclaimed operatic adaptations of Little Women and Lysistrata, Adamo's latest is Becoming Santa Claus, a family-friendly Christmas work produced by Dallas Opera.