Oh My Son , adapted from the Bible’s accounts of the Nativity and Passion in the four Gospels, Oh My Son tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth through a series of short scenes, or tableaux. The opera emphasizes the humanity and emotions of each character and reminds us that while we most often hear the narratives from a divine point of view, all of the individuals in the accounts are very much human, facing deeply human struggles. Though Jesus resigns himself to God’s will in being crucified, He is overwhelmed in the face of death and His Father’s seeming abandonment.
Mary, when tested with the death of her son on the cross, suffers in agony before coming to acceptance. At the foot of the cross is a grief-stricken Sinner, who cries out in desperation that she cannot help the man who once saved her from a life of sin. Even Pilate, before he hands Jesus over to the priests to be crucified, struggles between uncertainty and belief. This opera is the story of the cross in its many human dimensions: grief, betrayal, compassion, doubt, faith, and redemption. But most of all, Oh My Son is the story of a selfless and world-changing act of love.
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