Jun 1, 2024

One Woman Opera “Magdalene” Opens at REDCAT

Beth Morrison Projects will be presenting the West Coast premiere of the one-woman opera Magdalene at REDCAT this coming June 4-5, 7-8 in Los Angeles.

The piece is an exploration of the chronically mischaracterized icon Mary Magdalene through settings of 2012-14 NY Poet Laureate Marie Howe‘s texts by 13 different woman composers. The Opera premiered in New York to critical acclaim at PROTOTYPE Festival 2020.

Magdalene Trailer 2023 | Beth Morrison Projects from Beth Morrison Projects on Vimeo.

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, Tanner Porter, Ellen Reid, Kamala Sankaram, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Annika Socolofsky, and Gyða Valtýsdóttir.

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.

The program includes post-show talks on June 5, 7 and 8 with the cast and creative team. For more info, visit REDCAT