Show artwork for Adoration


Composed by Mary Kouyoumdjian

Conducted by Alan Pierson

February 1923, 2025


A piercing look at intolerance and mass hysteria in the digital age.

Hate is too often portrayed as binary. We either hate or we don’t. We hate someone for something they did or some perceived slight, or we hate “the other.” Yet we are not born with hate—it is learned, nurtured, and developed over the course of a lifetime. 

An adaptation of Atom Egoyan’s 2008 film of the same name, Adoration follows Simon, an orphaned high school student. As part of a dramatic writing exercise, Simon’s teacher encourages him to appropriate details from a historical terrorist attack as an event perpetrated by his parents. When his story goes viral, Simon uses the hysteria within his community and on the internet to highlight the challenges of intolerance and racism in our society. The fictional and actual circumstances of the loss of Simon’s family are revealed in fragments, only fitting together with the final revelation that the prejudices of Simon’s maternal grandfather led to his parents’ deaths.

Adoration tells two simultaneous stories—a fictional story of terrorism and betrayal juxtaposed with a real story of family strife and rejection of something foreign.

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"Shockingly timely... It was extremely captivating to experience Kouyoumdijian’s unique soundscape."


Creative Team

Mary Kouyoumdjian
Royce Vavrek
Alan Pierson
Laine Rettmer
Creative Producer
Beth Morrison

Cast to be announced shortly

Presented at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

Running time: approximately 90 minutes (performed without intermission)

Commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects

Off Grand productions are supported by a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders

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