Photos: Get a 1st Look at El Niño at the Metropolitan Opera | Playbill

Production Photos Photos: Get a 1st Look at El Niño at the Metropolitan Opera

Lileana Blain-Cruz directs the new production, opening April 23.

Siman Chung, Key'mon W. Murrah, Eric Jurenas, and Julia Bullock in the Metropolitan Opera's El Niño Evan Zimmerman

El Niño, a nativity opera-oratorio by composer John Adams, opens at the Metropolitan Opera April 23, directed by Tony nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth), making her Met debut. Get a first look at the production below.

With a libretto derived from the King James Bible, assorted biblical apocrypha, and secular texts in English, Spanish, and Latin, El Niño tells the story of the nativity. Grammy award–winning soprano Julia Bullock makes her Met debut, leading a cast which also includes mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges, baritone Davóne Tines, and countertenors Key'mon W. Murrah, Siman Chung, and Eric Jurenas. Marin Alsop is conducting.

Photos: The Metropolitan Opera's El Niño

Lileana Blain-Cruz leads a team which includes scenic designer Adam Rigg, costume designer Montana Levi Blanco, lighting designer Yi Zhau, projection designer Hannah Wasileski, sound designer Mark Grey, puppet designer James Ortiz, and choreographer Marjani Forté-Saunders.

Performances of El Niño run through May 17. For more information, visit

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