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Bill Gowen
Daily Herald (IL), April 2003

"Most of the reissues, and even the new programs on DVD, are originating in Europe, simply because it's less expensive. But when it is done right, the power of the new medium can be overwhelming.

American composer John Adams' opera "El Nino," which will open the Ravinia Festival season June 6 in a performance by conductor Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is a prime example.

This performance has been preserved on a stunning DVD on the Arthaus label, which captures the great performances of soprano Dawn Upshaw and bass Willard White, along with the chorus, ballet sequences, and brightly colored costumes and scenic visual."



IL
MusicWeb International, December 2002

"Adams new opera/oratorio has much to recommend it. The music is colorful and accessible... Certainly worth visiting."



David Patrick Stearns
The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2002

"John Adams' Nativity oratorio, El Niño, which was one of the more celebrated premieres of 2000, is full of social commentary: In the DVD version, the Peter Sellars staging includes a film showing the Holy Family as underclass Hispanics; Dawn Upshaw plays the Virgin Mary in red flannel. The music itself sounds much like John Adams' secular pieces (such as Short Ride in a Fast Machine), only richer, which points to a fundamental difference between composers who occasionally write religious music and those who have devoted their lives to it."



Barry Bassis
Town & Village, March 2002

"The DVD, made at a live performance of the original production, has first-rate sound."

Town & Village 21 March 2002



David Gutman
Gramophone, January 2002

"John Adams' innovative take on a well-loved choral work in a strongly realized production...If you've not acquired a player, the remarkable success of El Niño is as good a reason as any to take the plunge...Strongly recommended."






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