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Tue, Jun 04


Los Angeles

Beth Morrison Projects: Magdalene

Magdalene is a chamber opera in thirteen movements—a wild meditation on transformation and desire scored by the collective voice of fourteen women composers: Leila Adu, Ruby Kato Attwood, Danielle Birrittella, Sheena Birrittella, Christina Courtin, Gabrielle Herbst, Molly Joyce, Emma O’Halloran, Tan

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Beth Morrison Projects: Magdalene
Beth Morrison Projects: Magdalene

Time & Location

Jun 04, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 09, 2024, 12:00 AM

Los Angeles, 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

About the event

Set to Marie Howe’s Magdalene poems, the opera invites an audience into the interior world of the archetypal figure Mary Magdalene—enlarging her to cross time and space, she appears as a woman alive now, who strives to heal the unyielding split between the sacred and the sexual. Encountering her life in flashes—wandering through a hotel, lighting birthday candles, making love in the ocean—Magdalene finds transcendence in the mundane to finally become the subject of her own story.

Please note: Magdalene contains nudity and mature content.

A breath of pure creative power.

David Salazar, OperaWire

Produced and co-presented by Beth Morrison Projects.

Commissioned and produced by PROTOTYPE Festival, a partnership between Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Premiered at the PROTOTYPE Festival 2020. The production of Magdalene received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund. This project was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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