One of the most riveting scenes of Mark Adamo's opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
occurs when Peter is overcome with grief for having denied Jesus three times before his crucifixion.
As the stage is bathed in blood red light, Peter falls to his knees, wailing, "How many times will I remember this? Seven times seven?" This moment of anguish has inspired other composers to some of their most dramatic and poignant music as well.
Posted: 06/27/2013 by
Last Sunday San Francisco Opera invited a small group to attend and live tweet the final dress rehearsal of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
. The opera
by Mark Adamo has its world premiere on Wednesday, June 19, so this was truly a first glimpse for the public.
Posted: 06/19/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
Constance Hoffman is a Costume Designer who tells stories, “My medium just happens to be costume.”
Constance and I set out to source the Mary Magdalene
textiles, armed with a stack of research books: The Jewish Wardrobe
, published by The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The History of Jewish Costume
by Alfred Rubens, Roman Clothing and Fashion
by Alexandra Croom; The World of Roman Costume
by Judith Lynn Sebesta and, my personal favorite, Facing West-Oriental Jews of Central Asia and the Caucasus
(a catalog from a joint exhibit of The Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg and The Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam).
Posted: 05/29/2013 by
Our next Adler Profile features tenor & first-year Adler Fellow A.J. Glueckert
who hails from Portland, Oregon. A.J. is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a former young artist at both Utah Festival Opera and Minnesota Opera. He was a 2012 participant in the Merola Opera Program and is also a former Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera. His past performances include the role of Crown Prince in the world-premiere of Kevin Puts' Silent Night
at Minnesota Opera and Opera Philadelphia; Mr. Owens in Argento's Postcard from Morocco
for the Merola Opera Program; and the Drum Major in Berg's Wozzeck
with Opera Parallèle. He will make his San Francisco Opera debut this summer in the world-premiere production of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
(check out his feature profile on San Francisco Classical Voice here
). An avid sports fan, A.J. looks forward to rooting on the Portland Trailblazers and other Pacific Northwest teams throughout the season.
Posted: 05/28/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
Mark Adamo's new work is not the first theatrical production which has envisioned a powerful love duet between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Jules Massenet (best known for Manon and Thais) first came to prominence with his oratorio Marie Magdeleine, which views the last three days of Jesus's life from her perspective.
Posted: 05/23/2013 by