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 Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 18.30 
John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Lucerne Festival

Tickets: 30-240 CHF

Los Angeles Philharmonic | Los Angeles Master Chorale (Grant Gershon music director) | Gustavo Dudamel conductor | Peter Sellars director | Kelly O'Connor Mary Magdalene | Tamara Mumford Martha | Russell Thomas Lazarus | Daniel Bubeck Narrator | Brian Cummings Narrator | Nathan Medley Narrator | Michael Schumacher dancer | Anani Sanouvi dancer | Mark Grey sound designer | James Ingalls lighting designer | Dunya Ramicova costume designer

With Nixon in China, composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars created the most successful American opera since Porgy and Bess, while their El Niño juxtaposed biblical texts with apocryphal scriptures, a medieval mystery play, and Latin American poetry to fashion a “nativity oratorio for the 21st century.” Now comes their latest collaboration: The Gospel According to the Other Mary, an oratorio which is being premiered in its fully staged version in March 2013 in Los Angeles with conductor Gustavo Dudamel – just two weeks before this performance in Lucerne. Adams and Sellars recount the biblical Passion from an unusual perspective. Beginning with the raising of Lazarus, these events are narrated by the risen Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary Magdalene, who directly experience the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus – all framed in the “eternal present.” Adam’s ambitious score combines his powerful rhythmic sense with a complex harmonic language, haunting melody, and innovative choral and orchestral writing.

John Adams : The Gospel According to the Other Mary

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 Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 18.30 
Britten War Requiem
Lucerne Festival

Tickets: 150-240 CHF
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Bavarian Radio Choir (Peter Dijkstra chorus master) | Tölz Boys’ Choir (Ralf Ludewig chorus master) | Mariss Jansons conductor | Emily Magee soprano | Mark Padmore tenor | Christian Gerhaher baritone

On 14 November 1940 the English city of Coventry was bombed by the German Luftwaffe and almost completely destroyed. Among the ruins were those of the famous Gothic cathedral, which had been built around 1400. For the consecration of the newly rebuilt cathedral in May 1962, Benjamin Britten created his large-scale War Requiem, in which he wove the liturgical text together with verses by Wilfred Owen, the British poet who was killed in the First World War at the age of only 25. Britten wrote the solo voice parts for three singers, each of whom represented one of the nations that had been at war: Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, English tenor Peter Pears, and German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Indeed, the idea of reconciliation is at the center of the work: “I am the enemy you killed, my friend,” writes Owen in his poem. To mark the 100th birthday of Britten, Mariss Jansons performs this moving Requiem with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Benjamin Britten : War Requiem

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