John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary
(Barbican co-commission, European premiere)
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
Peter Sellars director / librettist
Kelley O’Connor Mary
Tamara Mumford Martha
Russell Thomas Lazarus
Daniel Bubeck countertenor
Brian Cummings countertenor
Nathan Medley countertenor
Michael Schumacher dancer
Anani Sanouvi dancer
Troy Ogilvie dancer
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon music director
Pre-concert talk 6.15 - 7pm, Hall
There will be a pre-concert talk in the Hall with composer John Adams, director Peter Sellars and Angela Dixon, Head of Music.
Find out more about all the concerts and learning events taking place during the LA Phil's Barbican International Associate residency here.
Their 1987 music drama Nixon in China has become the most popular American opera since Porgy and Bess. Now the powerhouse creative partnership that is John Adams and Peter Sellars unveil their new work for Barbican audiences, played and conducted by the musicians for whom it was written. The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists, based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus’s Passion and which draws on evocative Mexican poetry. The score is played here in its European premiere by the orchestra which Adams has described as ‘one of the most supple and flexible of any in the world.’
The performance will finish at approximately 10.15pm
Listen to our podcast with John Adams, Peter Sellars and Kelley O'Connor discussing this project's journey from inception to realisation.
Watch John Adams and director Mark Kidel in Cinema 2 introduce the screening of Road Movie, A Portrait of John Adams. Complementing the performance of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary
in the Hall, we present the UK premiere of Mark Kidel’s visually rich
portrait of the composer, exploring the influences that have shaped
Adams’s unique music, including minimalism, jazz, Indian raga and the
European classical tradition.
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This event is part of:
All classical music events - 2012–2013 season
Barbican Productions 2012–2013
International Associates 2012–2013
The Gospel According to the other Mary, music by John Adams, libretto by Peter Sellars based on Old and New Testament sources and with texts by Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Primo Levi, Rosario Castellanos, June Jordan, Hildegard von Bingen and Rubén Darío
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Barbican, London; Lucerne Festival; Cité de la Musique – Salle Pleyel (Paris); the NTR ZaterdagMatinee, Radio 4’s concert series in the Concergebouw Amsterdam
Produced by the Barbican
Supported by the City Bridge Trust, the SHM Foundation, the United States Embassy London and Donatella Flick