José María Ponce de León, ‘Ester’

A biblical opera by 19th century Columbian composer José María Ponce de León. [Read more…]

Susan Bingham’s Biblical Operas

Here are videos from YouTube with recordings of Susan Bingham’s settings of Biblical stories: [Read more…]

Megillat Esther, A Rock Opera

One nice part of searching for all the Bible-related music I can find is coming across rare or neglected gems. I think you’ll get a kick out of this, which comes from Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, Oregon’s 2016 Purimspiel. [Read more…]

Revelation: A Rock Opera

Have you heard about Mike Doughty’s rock opera based on the Book of Revelation? I love this sort of thing. Others have alluded to Revelation (see “Supper’s Ready” by Genesis, for instance), but to my knowledge this is the first complete rock opera setting of the book. And interestingly it begins with John 1:1 and a [Read More…]

Aria 51

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The Gospel According to the Other Mary

American composer John Adams’ opera, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, has been released on CD by Deutsche Grammophone. It can be purchased through Amazon.com, which also has some videos of the composer talking about Peter Sellars’ minimalist realization of the piece. The English National Opera will be performing its stage debut later this [Read More…]

AD/BC

A rock opera about the nativity. Click the videos below to watch it on YouTube. [Read more…]

The Musical Gospel of Mary Magdalene

I came across this video of composer Mark Adorno talking about his opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, at UC Davis. I would love to see and hear the opera in its entirety – I love contemporary music, and Gnostic texts, and having heard Sasha Cooke sing here in Indianapolis a few months ago, that makes [Read More…]

Lost Gospels

Mark Goodacre posted on the scholarly construct Q, and highlights the difference between that and a lost Gospel, one that we knew from its being mentioned in ancient texts existed, but it no longer does. He nicely relates this to the rediscovery of two Doctor Who episodes from the Patrick Troughton era. Of course, if [Read More…]

Coffee Cantata

Via Marc Cortez, I learned that today was International Coffee Day, and that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a satirical cantata about coffee, “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht.” If you click through, Marc has 16 other things you may not have known about coffee! [Read more…]