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Composer: Adamo, Mark (b. 1962)

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Year of birth1962
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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World première of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in San Francisco

Sasha Cooke (Mary Magdalene)  ©  Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
The bits of conversation I overheard during intermission and in the aisles after the world première of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera were assorted variations of “so, what did you think?” World premières are, indeed, auspicious occasions that privilege first-nighters to experience the work before anyone else has molded or influenced their thoughts about it
***11
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In Love and War: Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata at the Fort Worth Opera Festival

The Spartan general Leonidas (Seth Mease Carico, front) and the Athenian general Nico (Scott Scully) ©  Ron T Ennis
The Fort Worth Opera closed their 2012 Festival on Sunday afternoon with the second of two performances of Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata, or the Nude Goddess. After hearing a strong Marriage of Figaro at the festival Friday evening, I had fairly high expectations, some of which were met, others not.
***11
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