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Spoleto Festival USA



Sponsored By: BMW Manufacturing Co.

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Duration: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes


Composed by John Adams
Libretto adapted by John Adams and Peter Sellars
Directed by John La Bouchardière
Conducted by Joe Miller

Hailed as “a Messiah for the modern age” (Los Angeles Times), John Adams’s El Niño tells the nativity story with an unprecedented spotlight on the voices of women. Acclaimed British director John La Bouchardière draws inspiration for his imaginative production from the plays used by Franciscan monks in spreading the story of Jesus’s birth through Latin America. With a libretto including poems by Rosario Castellanos and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz—two of Mexico’s greatest writers—Gospels from the Bible and the Apocrypha, and Martin Luther’s Christmas Sermon, Adams’s oratorio widens the lens to encounter and explore the inexhaustible miracle of birth. Director of Choral Activities Joe Miller conducts this stunning work.

Sung in English, Latin, and Spanish with English supertitles.

CLICK HERE to read more about this production on the Festival’s blog.

  • Mezzo Erica Brookhyser
  • Soprano Caitlin Lynch
  • Countertenor Daniel Bubeck
  • Countertenor Brian Cummings
  • Countertenor Steven Rickards
  • Baritone Mark Walters


Additional support provided by the Brand Foundation of New York, Inc. Opera programming is endowed by the Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation. These performances are made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment, generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.