The Gospel According to the Other Mary
The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an opera/oratorio by contemporary American composer John Adams. The world premiere took place on May 31, 2012, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic who also premiered the staged version on March 7, 2013, at the same venue.
The work focuses on the final few weeks of the life of Jesus, including his passion, from the point of view of "the other Mary", Mary Magdalene, her sister Martha, and her brother, Lazarus. The libretto by Peter Sellars draws its texts from the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible and from Rosario Castellanos, Rubén Darío, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Hildegard von Bingen, June Jordan, and Primo Levi.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast (31 May 2012)
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
|Mary Magdalene||mezzo-soprano||Kelley O'Connor|
|Martha, her sister||contralto||Tamara Mumford|
|Lazarus, their brother||tenor||Russell Thomas|
|3 countertenors||Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley|
|SATB choir (at least 40 voices)|
- The Gospel According to the Other Mary, John Adams' webpage
- Recording with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
- Reviews at Boosey & Hawkes
- Review: John Adams's Gospel Displays an Orchestral Wizard's Tuneful Ear" by Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, April 2, 2017; review of a performance at Carnegie Hall