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"The Delicacy Of Suicide As Lyric Reflection In Lang’s ‘note to a friend’" for Classical Voice North America
Based on the writings of Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, David Lang’s new opera score and libretto remain true to Akutagawa’s sentiment on being “duty bound to be honest” about the decision to take his own life.
“Christmas Oratorio ‘El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered’ Restores Miracle to the Familiar”
Finally, a female perspective in the Nativity.
I wrote about American Modern Opera Company's stunning production of John Adams's Christmas oratorio El Niño at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The performance amplified the maternal voice within the Christmas story using Latin American poetry and embraced common human experiences such as childbirth, violence, and hunger, mingling them with the spiritual to bring within reach a sense of the miraculous.