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In the shadow of Glenn Gould, 20 feet above the seats.
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Wednesday September 07, 2016
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World Premiere
the loser
Sep 7—Sep 11, 2016
 
Opera

Libretto, music, and stage direction by David Lang
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard
Translated from German by Jack Dawson

The 2016 Richard B. Fisher Next Wave Award honors David Lang and the production of the loser.

 
 

He appears to float in the nothingness. Confined to a tall tower 20 feet above the seats, he is alone, broken, and has a story to tell.

In this daringly staged one-act opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang—featuring mezzanine-only seating and based on the novel by Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard—a failed piano student (baritone Rod Gilfry, Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) recounts a life lived in the shadows of his famous friend Glenn Gould. As virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao and a chamber ensemble conducted by Karina Cannelakis accompany from far in the distance, the cavernous space engulfs the singer, as he sings of the distance that separates beauty from perfection.

 

Conducted by Karina Canellakis
Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
Set design by Jim Findlay
Sound design by Jody Elff
Costume design by Suzanne Bocanegra

Commissioned by BAM
Produced by Bang on a Can

 
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1hr
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Leadership support for opera at BAM provided by:

Aashish & Dinyar Devitre

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 
 
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