THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE OTHER MARY (John Adams) was pretty much what I'd feared, two and a half hours of worthy squeaky gate stuff; an oratorio with added 'movement'. The second half wasn't all that bad, though, as there were some good percussion riffs. The well-lit set looked handsome, and there was a lot of valiant singing, especially from Meredith Arwady as Martha. It was nice to hear a new major part for a proper alto, and she made the most of it. Lush timbre, cavernous low notes and an enviable 'top'. She'll go far, I reckon.
Once again, the audience went nuts at the end, with lots of 'bravos, etc. which seemed excessive, but the cast had certainly earned it. There were a lot of quite young, amazingly well-behaved school kids again, too. Hope they weren't put off opera for life. Looked around for Moto, but I guess she gave this one a miss. Personally, I'm glad I checked it out, but once was definitely enough.
My malaise continues. The fatigue is just crushing. Oy...
Here's another random doodle rerun, due to scanner death. *Sigh*