ADAMS, J.: Nino (El) [Opera] (Chatelet, 2000)

ADAMS, J.: Nino (El) [Opera] (Chatelet, 2000)


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El Nino
Composer: Adams, John
Libretto/Text Author: Adams, John
Libretto/Text Author: Sellars, Peter
Conductor: Nagano, Kent
Chorus: London Voices
Chorus Master: Edwards, Terry
Chorus: Theatre of Voices
Chorus Master: Hillier, Ben

Stage Director: Sellars, Peter
Television Director: Maniura, Peter

Venue: Theatre du Chatelet, Paris
Playing Time: 01:59:05
Catalogue Number: MID13245226

The most recent composition by American minimalist composer John Adams is his take on the "Christmas Oratorio": a large-scale music theatre work entitled El Nino.

How does one actually celebrate Christ's birth in a land where palm trees and race conflicts flourish - in sunny California? Perhaps the way composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars portray it at the beginning of El Nino (La Nativite), which was first performed nine days before Christmas 2000 at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet: with a tree and festoons of lights. This symbol projected on the stage as a hazily poetic yet realistically blurred video is telling in more ways than one.

This fourth joint stage work by Adams and Sellars - which unlike the two operas Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) turns to a Biblical rather than a contemporary theme - uses musical elements we are already familiar with from these two artists' three "worldly" pieces.

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