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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Mark Adamo
Mark Adamo is currently at work on his third full-length opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commissioned and scheduled to be introduced by San Francisco Opera in June 2013. His most recent premiere, Four Angels: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, was commissioned and introduced by the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin in June 2007; it was given by the Utah Symphony under Keith Lockhart in January 2011.

His second opera, Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess, after Aristophanes, made its East Coast début in March 2006 at New York City Opera, at which Mark completed his fifth year as composer-in-residence in March 2006: Lysistrata was commissioned and introduced by Houston Grand Opera for its fiftieth-anniversary season in March 2005. Since its 1998 première, also by Houston Grand Opera, Little Women, the first opera for which he composed both music and libretto, has been nationally telecast on the PBS series Great Performances, released on DVD by Naxos and on CD by Ondine Records, and heard in over seventy national and international engagements from New York to Mexico City, Minneapolis, Adelaide, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo: including two for which he served as stage director.

Choral work includes Cantate Domino, commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Washington and introduced at the Kennedy Center in 2000: Garland, for Francisco Nuñez and the Young People’s Chorus of New York, introduced in 2006; and Supreme Virtue, recorded by Seattle’s Esoterics and released in spring 2008. In November 2009, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra released a recording of Adamo’s orchestral work for Naxos, including the first recordings of his Late Victorians, his symphonic cantata for singing voice, speaking voice, and chamber orchestra: Alcott Music, from Little Women, for strings, harp, celesta, and percussion; Regina Coeli, for harp and strings; and the Overture to Lysistrata.

Mark lives in Manhattan and in Kent Cliffs, New York: his music is published by G. Schirmer.
Adamo Mark
January 01, 2013
Drawing on the Gnostic Gospels, the Canonical Gospels, and fifty years of New Testament scholarship, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reimagines the New Testament through the eyes of its long substantial female character. At first, this Mary Magdalene, like so many moderns, searches for meaning and purpose in erotic love alone. But her entanglement with Jesus of Nazareth - as mentor, soulmate, and co-minister - teaches her to distinguish love from possession, even as it teaches him to see the moral dignity of women. Mary's clashes with Jesus's disciple Peter (minutely described in the Gnostic Gospels) suggest how the personal politics within Jesus's movement may have played out in its own place and time. This opera imagines a version of Mary's vision at Jesus's tomb which - had it shaped the Christian story the way Peter's version did - might have left us a radically, radiantly different Western world.
4 sopranos, 2 metzos, 4 tenors, 3 baritones, 3 basses,
Length is not available.
Not Available
supers (6 men, 6 women)
Peggy Monastra
Director of Promotion
G. Schirmer, Inc.

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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (Adamo)
Monday, June 17, 2013 - San Francisco Opera

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