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El Niño
John Adams
Biblical texts, Gnostic Infancy Gospels, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos
Peter Sellars (director)
Kent Nagano (conductor)
Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
London Voices
Dawn Upshaw
Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson
Willard White
December 15, 2000
Théâtre du Châtelet
El Niño tells the story of the Nativity, along with reflections on the wonders and tribulations of motherhood itself. Mary’s virtue is praised; she is visited by the Holy Spirit, who tells her of the miracle to come. Joseph is angered to discover that Mary is pregnant. He is reassured by an angel of the Lord. The birth of Jesus is heralded by a star in the east. Three wise men arrive in Jerusalem in search of the child; Herod, hearing that a new King of the Jews has been born, sends the wise men to find him. They present Jesus with precious gifts. An angel of the Lord tells Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt, for Herod wants to destroy the child. Herod, who has been mocked by the three wise men, orders that all of the children in Bethlehem shall be killed. Jesus performs miracles to rescue and protect his mother as they travel with Joseph through the desert to safety.
Male Ensemble of 3 Countertenors
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El Niño (Adams)
Saturday, March 02, 2002 - State Opera of South Australia

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