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El Niño

El Niño

Story & Setting:

American composer John Adams’ opera-oratorio incorporates sacred and secular texts in English, Spanish, and Latin, from biblical times to the present day, in this extraordinarily dramatic and modern retelling of the Nativity story. The fully-staged new production also marks the Met debut of Lileana Blain-Cruz, resident director at Lincoln Center Theater, who received universal acclaim for her Tony-nominated 2022 production of The Skin of Our Teeth.

Opera Notes:

El Niño will mark the Met debuts for three of contemporary opera’s fiercest champions: Marin Alsop, one of the great conductors of our time, who has led more than 200 new-music premieres; soprano Julia Bullock, a leading voice on and off stage; and pathbreaking bass-baritone Davóne Tines. The music combines the traditional elements of Baroque and Classical oratorios with Adams’ signature minimalist and post-minimalist style, and has been dubbed “The Messiah for a New Millennium.”

Sung in



2 hours & 25 minutes

John Adams (b. 1947)


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