Eighth graders from St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett, WA are scheduled to board a plane to Washington DC early tomorrow morning, to experience that once in a lifetime civics lesson that only comes from touring our nation's capital. They...Show More Summary
I promised a correction on this. So here goes. A reader writes: Please do not refer to Mary Magdalen as a “former prostitute.” She has suffered this slander from pulpits for 2,000 years, but as this post points out, there is ZERO Biblical evidence for this! Another points to this post from the Biblical Archaeology Society. Another […]
Reading Mary Magdalene by the Italian painter Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (1535-1607). The penitent sinner is studying and in front of her lies a skull reminding the vanity a all material desires.
Fr Ray Blake of St Mary Magdalen's Church in Brighton is one of the holiest men I've ever had the honour to know – prayerful, compassionate, full of the love of Christ. He's also a stubborn old bugger who isn't afraid to tell it how it is. In a recent blog post, this much loved [...]
Artists Tanya Torres and Raquel Z Rivera host a dazzling artistic-musical "promise celebration" in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene in New York.
By Zoey Di Mauro WASHINGTON — The gentle lilt of Julia Ormond emotes the Magnificat, the deep voice of Blair Underwood narrates as Gospel writer Mark, Kristin Bell plays Mary Magdalene and Brian Cox is the voice of God. You’ve never heard the Gospel quite like this. Hoping to create something that allows people to […]
After Heart of a Soldier, The Perfect American, The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, et al., the premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar in Santa Fe last Saturday came as a welcome relief.
Giacomo Galli, The Penitent Mary Magdalene On this feastday of St. Mary Magdalene, we might reflect on a curious detail recorded about her. In St. Luke’s Gospel, we read: “Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. Show More Summary
It may take a while for Mary Magdalene to catch up in song with the Mary music history knows so much better. But thus far, this has been the year of the other Mary. The Los Angeles Philharmonic mounted a production of John Adams’ “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. San Francisco Opera premiered Mark Adamo’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.”
Sid Chen has a lengthy and thoughtful review in NewMusicBox.
First of all, I've updated the media roundup so many times that there are now links to 22 different commentaries on The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, plus Mark Adamo's own blog posting. I've just added Alex Ross's, which I hadShow More Summary
I've come away excited after many memorable evenings with San Francisco Opera, but perhaps not quite so much -- and certainly not in the same way -- as I did after seeing the world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, with music and libretto by Mark Adamo.
The Changing Story of Mary Magdalene via kateantiquity.
Last week, Jesus was resurrected with the highly expected world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, written and composed by Mark Adamo.... [ more › ]
Okay, the reviews for The Gospel of Mary Magdalene were not exactly rapturous; even the most positive had reservations. Pity the poor marketing department at San Francisco Opera, which does its best to sell tickets regardless. They managed to put together marketing email that makes Mary Magdalene sound quite a bit better than it is. Show More Summary
Over at Chicago Classical Review, Lawrence Johnson tells us exactly what he thinks of The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene: As Jesus and Mary stopped their bickering and got married, and the interminable first act of Mark Adamo’s The...Show More Summary
David Littlejohn was there and I know Alan Ulrich has some opinions too: Lisa Hirsch, SFCV Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Richard Scheinin, Mercury-News Janos Gereben, Examiner Mark Swed, LA Times Anthony Tommasini, NY Times Opera Tattler SF Mike, S.F. Civic Center
My review is up at SFCV. The lede has the short version: A fine quartet of leading singers and excellent musical leadership could not overcome a muddled and wordy libretto, inept staging, and a splashy, but ultimately unmemorable, score. More later when I have time.
Mark Adamo may have invented a biblical Broadway/opera hybrid in the memorable 'Gospel of Mary Magdalene.' SAN FRANCISCO — There have been, in modern times, three Marilyns, a couple of Lulus and Lolitas, and many Moby Dicks with their own operas. Now, suddenly and out of the blue, we have two new operas, or in this case operatic Passion plays, about Mary Magdalene.
After last night's Mary Magdalene premier, I am even more curious to hear the Adams take on the same source material.