"exceptional...potent and streamlined...a fantastic contemporary exploration and reflection on love"
BY DAVID LANG
Australian Contemporary Opera Co. (ACOCo) and Monk Parrots USA Co-Production
March 2021 - Free live performance / screening - Fed Square Forecourt
October 2020 - Australian Premiere - Yarra Valley Opera Festival online
"With its mix of simplicity and complexity, love fail is both haunting and thought-provoking."
by David Lang
Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Oscar nominee DAVID LANG was inspired by one of the greatest love stories ever told.
“I thought I might learn something about love if I could explore this in a piece, putting details abstracted from many different retellings of Tristan and Isolde next to texts that are more modern, more recognisable to us, more real"
4 beautiful live voices with simple, haunting percussion, combined with the screening of video footage captured in upstate New York - FED SQUARE becomes a contemporary music-film-opera oasis for everyone on a Melbourne summer night.
Artistic Director Linda Thompson
Video Director Luke Leonard
Music Director Patrick Burns
With actors (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
Presented by ACOCo and Monk Parrots
This free performance is supported by
the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government