English National Opera - The Gospel According to the Other Mary Reviews
19 April 2021
Nathan Medley, Brian Cummings, Daniel Bubeck (Seraphim), Chorus
Banks (Angel Gabriel), Patricia Bardon (Mary Magdelene)
Patricia Bardon (Mary Magdelene), Stephanie Berge (Dancer)

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The Gospel According to the Other Mary

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 21

Contemporary opera throws aside modish minimalism and delivers as satisfying evening as the great classics
30 Nov 14 / Express
A mesmerising aural world
30 Nov 14 / The Observer
'I have rarely felt so bored by an opera'
27 Nov 14 / Express
The brilliance of Adams’ score does ultimately shine through
26 Nov 14 / Music OMH
Adams and Sellars have created a series of interesting tableaux
26 Nov 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Dancers add fire to John Adams's masterly oratorio
25 Nov 14 / Classical-music.com
An impressive and inventive visual experience with an incredible score that digs deep
25 Nov 14 / A Younger Theatre
ENO’s world stage premiere of John Adams’ new passion oratorio suggests it is better suited to the concert hall
25 Nov 14 / The Stage
Mary senza azione
25 Nov 14 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
The conducting is superb, the playing and singing fabulously intense – and the principal soloists remarkable
24 Nov 14 / The Guardian
Fully staged, John Adams’ work is a heart-wrenching experience
24 Nov 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Stage version of Adams’ gospel oratorio laudable but disconcerting
24 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Everyone will have a point-of-view about The Gospel According to the Other Mary – from inspiring to indifferent
24 Nov 14 / Classical Source
Mary senza azione
24 Nov 14 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
Patricia Bardon embodied this modern Mary with committed singing and convincing movement
24 Nov 14 / Opera Britannia
A Passion for our times: Adams' The Gospel According To The Other Mary premières at ENO
24 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
Like El Niño before it, John Adams's new opera is really a staged concert piece - but it's a fine one
24 Nov 14 / What's on Stage
Grace and pain stunningly interwoven in Adams' rich score and Sellars' luminous staging
24 Nov 14 / The Arts Desk
Adams, Sellars bring 'Passion' into present in opera's first full staging
23 Nov 14 / Reuters
John Adams' triumphant update of the Passion of the Christ
23 Nov 14 / Independent
John Adams's new oratorio appears priggish at first but rises to a shattering climax
23 Nov 14 / Telegraph
ENO star revealed to be US street dancer
Rave reviews for unknown performer Banks-Artiste who steals the show in the opera The Gospel According to the Other Mary.
Director Peter Sellars
Shocking again in new Adams opera.
Peter Sellars: ‘The United States is coming close to censorship’
Will The Gospel According to the Other Mary, his modern Passion inspired by censorship, poverty and slave labour, cause a new storm?
Production details
Bardon, Arwady, Thomas, Bubeck, Cummings, Medley
(c) Carneiro (d) Sellars
Performance dates
21, 25, 27, 29 November, 3, 5 December 2014
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