Part of FR1 Friday Evening 1
Grant Gershon, conductor
Julia Bullock, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Davóne Tines, bass
Daniel Bubeck, countertenor
Brian Cummings, countertenor
Nathan Medley, countertenor
Grant Gershon, artistic director
Anne Tomlinson, artistic director
* with video by Peter Sellars on Friday only
About This Performance
Having set himself the extraordinarily ambitious goal of a nativity oratorio for our time, John Adams succeeded spectacularly. With multilingual texts drawn from Scripture, medieval tracts and contemporary poetry, the work is powerful, provocative and, ultimately, deeply touching.
Composed in two halves, El Niño (“the child”) retells the Christmas story, following the traditional narrative: the annunciation to Mary, the visit to Elizabeth, the birth and adoration of Jesus, Herod’s massacre of the Holy Innocents, and the flight into Egypt, but with added commentary and reflection from a wide range of poets across history, including many women. One striking feature is the use of three countertenors to act as the narrator, much like the Evangelist in a Bach Passion.
An orchestra of approximately 45 musicians includes two steel-string guitars and a keyboard sampler.
Please note: The Sunday night performance will not feature Peter Sellars' videos.
Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.