El Niño NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(48 Ratings)
Positive
81%
Mixed
8%
Negative
11%
Members say
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Indulgent, Confusing

About the Show

A new opera joining together religious and secular texts across languages to retell the Nativity.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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117 Reviews | 48 Followers
100
Transcendent, Revolutionary

See it if new opera with visionary production, visual feast, continuous lighting FX, projections, moments of ecstasy, large dance company, appeals.

Don't see it if you prefer museum-piece opera from the canon.

535 Reviews | 137 Followers
98
Artistic triumph, Breathtaking, Sublime score

See it if you like Adams' music. This is an updated nativity oratorio, presented with a marvel of staging ingenuity & poetry, powerful music & singing

Don't see it if you don't like contemporary opera or big spectacle shows. I was blown away - one of the best & most memorable new MET productions in years. Read more

289 Reviews | 39 Followers
86
Art deco colanders make angels of us all, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, The best dayglo vagina puppetry you'll ever see!

See it if You want to see some of the most impressive visuals of this Opera season; there's puppets, wire work, painted backgrounds, neon, and more.

Don't see it if The story is pretty basic. One puppet is maybe meant as a butterfly but is pretty obviously a vagina;it isn't offensive, but IS distracting.

81 Reviews | 22 Followers
85
Modern, Great staging, Great singing, Confusing, Enchanting

See it if you're interested in an operatic retelling of the Nativity pieced together from many texts; you want a "gateway" contemporary opera.

Don't see it if you want a literal, classic portrayal of the Nativity (or are utterly unfamiliar) -- some text is thematic but not directly from the story. Read more

440 Reviews | 88 Followers
82
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Blain-Cruz's staging & production team serves a ravishing backdrop for Adam's multi-lingual/cultural story of the Nativity Beautiful singing

Don't see it if Adams' oratorio uses many different styles & sources; may not please some but conductor Alsop succeeds ably in harnessing the lush motifs

443 Reviews | 55 Followers
80
Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Opera-fan … open to new ideas that attempt to advance contemporary opera.

Don't see it if Hard to connect without knowledge of the Nativity story, and its various interpretations … for those, go for the performances and production

9 Reviews | 1 Follower
15
Banal, Overrated, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you close your eyes the entire time and just listen to the oratorio masterwork by composer John Adams, expertly conducted by Marin Alsop

Don't see it if you're smart enough not to fall for cheap theatrics by a director who must've shown up at rehearsals with "Speaking My Truth" on her chest Read more

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love beautiful stage design, black folx onstage, amazing music. Just GRAND and poetic.

Don't see it if You want traditional opera. This is different in a good way. Come with an open mind

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
April 24th, 2024

"The production’s breathtaking images don’t always compensate"
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The Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2024

"An unconventional recounting of the Nativity, the work has dark moments"
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New York Classical Review
April 24th, 2024

"This production runs wild when it comes to color, motion, and imagery"
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O
April 25th, 2024

"The music tells the story of the Nativity and motherhood"
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