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Music Text

Libretto based on Old and New Testament sources by Peter Sellars

Scoring

SATB Chorus: 40 voices MINIMUM with sound enhancement
3(III=picc)2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.2.2.0-perc:SD/pedal dr/BD(low)/timbale/tom-t(low)/tuned gongs/chimes/almglocken/glsp/3tam-t(lg,med,sm)-cimb-pft-harp-bgtr-strings

NOTE: The hiring of a sound designer is a condition/requirement for permission.

For complete technical specifications go to: mhgrey.wordpress.com

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
5/31/2012
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano / Tamara Mumford, contralto / Russell Thomas, tenor/Daniel Bubeck, counter tenor / Brian Cummings, counter tenor / Nathan Medley, counter tenor
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Company: Los Angeles Philharmonic / Los Angeles Master Chorale

World stage premiere
3/7/2013
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano / Tamara Mumford, contralto/Russell Thomas, tenor/Daniel Bubeck, counter tenor / Brian Cummings, counter tenor / Nathan Medley, counter tenor
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Company: Los Angeles Philharmonic / Los Angeles Master Chorale

Roles

Mary Magdalene mezzo-soprano
Martha, her sister contralto
Lazarus, their brother tenor
3 Countertenors
Press Quotes

New York Times
"An extraordinary work, containing some of Mr. Adams’s richest, most daring music."

"While Mr. Adams is renowned as a wizard of orchestral colors, of pummeling fireworks and glistening stillnesses, he has never really gotten his due as a tunemaker … He can create earworm melodies the equal of Puccini’s.”

Recommended Recording
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Los Angeles Philharmonic / Los Angeles Master Chorale
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 2243

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