Australian premiere - A cappella chamber opera
Australian Premiere - Gertrude Opera co-production with Monk Parrots, USA.
music by David Lang.
Stories by Lydia Davis, and words by David Lang after Gottfried von Strassburg, Beroul, Sir Thomas Malory, Marie de France, Beatriz Contessa de Dia, Thomas of Britain, the yom kippur liturgy and Richard Wagner.
David Lang’s love fail weaves fragments from medieval versions of Tristan and Isolde with new text putting a contemporary lens on the classic love story. Taking cues from Lang’s disjointed approach and disturbances caused by the global pandemic, director Luke Leonard places theatrical metaphors in the natural world with “distanced” actors performing choreographed movements in a field. Exploring the gaps of opera and filmmaking, love fail blends vocal performance and stage direction with video capture and digital effects to experience the accident of love under unusual circumstances.
An 'a cappella' (unaccompanied) chamber opera for four voices (SSAA) and simple percussion
First performance: 2012 International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Yale Repertory Theater; New Haven, CT, USA
love fail was co-commissioned by The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2012 Next Wave Festival, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The John F. Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University, and Hancher Performances at the University of Iowa.