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The Loser
PREMIERE9/7/2016 — The Brooklyn Academy of Music
COMPOSERDavid Lang   
LIBRETTISTDavid Lang   
Los Angeles Opera
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2/22/20198:00 PMTheatre at the Ace Hotel
Los Angeles, California
2/23/20198:00 PMTheatre at the Ace Hotel
Los Angeles, California
Synopsis
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.
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This work ranks as the #274 most produced North American title since 2000.
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