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Performer: Jay Hunter Morris

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The Gospel According to David Robertson

Kelley O'Connor © Steve J Sherman
A performance of John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary good enough to convert even the most conservative listener to the Church of New Music.
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Young voices shine in Glimmerglass' The Crucible

Mary Beth Nelson (Betty), Ariana Wehr (Abigail), Emma Grimsley (Ruth), Molly Jane Hill (Susanna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Opera
Francesca Zambello stages a new production of Robert Ward's opera The Crucible at the Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York. 
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Fear in future past: Siegfried at Houston Grand Opera

Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried) © Lynn Lane
The production is a disconcerting combination of cold metallic future and Neanderthal aesthetics – a startling pairing of humanity’s beginning and its end. 
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The heart of the sea: Moby-Dick

Jay Hunter Morris (Captain Ahab) © Craig T Mathew | LA Opera
American composer Jake Heggie makes his Los Angeles Opera debut in this powerful performance of his 2010 opera, Moby-Dick.
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Cold Mountain: Higdon's maiden operatic voyage

Kevin Burdette (Stobard) and Nathan Gunn (Inman) © Ken Howard
There was a nod to John Adams in the score, but also a kind of edgy Americana, complete with powerful writing for male chorus, and an attempt to communicate the flavor of rural North Carolina, not far from where Higdon grew up.
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