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Music Text

Libretto by Peter Sellars based on Old Testament and New Testament sources as well as texts by Rosario Castellanos, Rubén Darío, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Hildegard von Bingen, June Jordan, and Primo Levi

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

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Opera
For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.
Publisher

Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

Availability

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 / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Gustavo Dudamel
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 / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Gustavo Dudamel
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.”

Subjects
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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