The Gospel According to the Other Mary

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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[1] who also premiered the staged version on March 7, 2013, at the same venue.[2]

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.[1][2] 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.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.[3]


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)

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  1. ^ a b "Composer's New Passion Unspooled" by Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, June 1, 2012
  2. ^ a b The Gospel According to the Other Mary, work details at Boosey & Hawkes
  3. ^ "The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Music". The Pulitzer Prizes. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 

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