El Niño
Composer: John Adams
Librettist: Biblical texts, Gnostic I
Other Artistic Personnel: Peter Sellars (director)
Original Cast: Dawn Upshaw
Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson
Willard White
Work Web Site: http://www.earbox.com/W-elnino.html
Premiere Date: December 15, 2000
Producing Company: Théâtre du Châtelet
Description: El Niño tells the story of the Nativity, along with reflections on the wonders and tribulations of motherhood itself. Mary’s virtue is praised; she is visited by the Holy Spirit, who tells her of the miracle to come. Joseph is angered to discover that Mary is pregnant. He is reassured by an angel of the Lord. The birth of Jesus is heralded by a star in the east. Three wise men arrive in Jerusalem in search of the child; Herod, hearing that a new King of the Jews has been born, sends the wise men to find him. They present Jesus with precious gifts. An angel of the Lord tells Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt, for Herod wants to destroy the child. Herod, who has been mocked by the three wise men, orders that all of the children in Bethlehem shall be killed. Jesus performs miracles to rescue and protect his mother as they travel with Joseph through the desert to safety.
Character List (Major): Soprano
Mezzo-Soprano
Baritone
Character List (Minor): Male Ensemble of 3 Countertenors
Length: 01:45
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Chorus
Orchestration: 2(I,II=picc).2(I,II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)-3.0.3.0-perc(3):I=glsp/lo tgl/gong/almglocken/guiro/maracas; II=crot/almglocken/gong/hi cowbell/3tgl/tpl.bl; III=gong/chimes/crot/claves/2tgl/2temple bowls-harp-pft(=cel)-2kbd (I=pft,cel;II=sampler,cel)- 2steel string gtr-strings(minimum 14.0.6.6.4) for complete technical requirements go to: http://www.earbox.com/tech-guide/eq/ja-elnino-eq.htm
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes
Composer Web Site: http://www.earbox.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?
Schedule of Performances Listings
El Niño (Adams)
Saturday, March 2, 2002 - State Opera of South Australia
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