LA Opera Off Grand presents:

the loser

Event flyer for the loser featuring Rod Gilfry floating near the theatre ceiling

West Coast Premiere

Individual ticket presale begins June 12. Public sales begin June 15.

Two piano prodigies at a master class encounter an even greater talent: the virtuoso Glenn Gould, on the cusp of superstardom. The devastating realization that they will never approach their new rival’s level of artistry changes their lives forever. A painful meditation on dreams forsaken and hopes unrealized unfolds in an unusually intimate staging that incorporates multiple levels of the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel. Composer David Lang returns to LA Opera for the first time since his spellbinding anatomy theater. (Note: as was the case with anatomy theater, the title of the loser is spelled in lowercase.) In an intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble, the loser stars Rod Gilfry, in a role he created for the work’s premiere at the pathbreaking Bang on a Can festival.

Music, libretto and stage direction: David Lang
Text adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard, translated from German by Jack Dawson
World premiere: September 7, 2016, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Cast:
The Narrator: Rod Gilfry

Creative team:
Director: David Lang
Scenery: Jim Findlay
Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra*
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
* LA Opera debut

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Details

  • 8PM–Friday, February 22

West Coast Premiere

Individual ticket presale begins June 12. Public sales begin June 15.

Two piano prodigies at a master class encounter an even greater talent: the virtuoso Glenn Gould, on the cusp of superstardom. The devastating realization that they will never approach their new rival’s level of artistry changes their lives forever. A painful meditation on dreams forsaken and hopes unrealized unfolds in an unusually intimate staging that incorporates multiple levels of the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel. Composer David Lang returns to LA Opera for the first time since his spellbinding anatomy theater. (Note: as was the case with anatomy theater, the title of the loser is spelled in lowercase.) In an intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble, the loser stars Rod Gilfry, in a role he created for the work’s premiere at the pathbreaking Bang on a Can festival.

Music, libretto and stage direction: David Lang
Text adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard, translated from German by Jack Dawson
World premiere: September 7, 2016, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Cast:
The Narrator: Rod Gilfry

Creative team:
Director: David Lang
Scenery: Jim Findlay
Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra*
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
* LA Opera debut

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