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
The Narrator: Rod Gilfry
Director: David Lang
Scenery: Jim Findlay
Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra*
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
* LA Opera debut