Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera <em>The Gospel of Mary Magdalene</em> as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character.
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Composer Mark Adamo has made beautiful music out of classic books. His Little Women is among the most produced American operas today. He also wrote the words and music for his operatic adaptation of Aristophanes' Greek drama Lysistrata.
His latest work, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, has proved more controversial. The opera, which premieres June 19 at the San Francisco Opera, tells the story of Mary, Jesus and his disciples.