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ENO’s Gospel According to the Other Mary: great music weighed down by a worthy staging

Plus: the Royal Opera’s Elisir comes as close to Christmas panto as opera can, and is all the better for it

29 November 2014

9:00 AM

29 November 2014

9:00 AM

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

ENO, in rep until 5 December

L’elisir d’amore

Royal Opera House, in rep until 13 December

Terrorism; East-West diplomacy; nuclear war: John Adams’s operas have poured music into the faultlines of 21st-century global politics, and the tremors have been significant. Simply staging The Death of Klinghoffer recently was enough to see the Met picketed on charges of anti-Semitism. While The Gospel According to the Other Mary isn’t going to start any riots, Adams’s latest work marks a turning point, both in the composer’s music and his social mission.

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