"exceptional...potent and streamlined...a fantastic contemporary exploration and reflection on love"​

- Limelight

love fail




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."

- Grammophone

love fail

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



(performing live)

Amelia Jones

Heather Fletcher

Linda Barcan

Alexandra Amerides


With actors (USA)

Josh Landis

Charlotte Simcock

Gates Leonard

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

Modern Opera and reworking Bach and BeethovenDavid Lang on The Music Show - ABC RN
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