The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival kicks off September 7 with the world premiere of composer David Lang’s the loser. The drama was commissioned by BAM and features a baritone singer, a concert pianist and an unseen chamber ensemble.
As the librettist, composer and director, Lang has adapted Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard's novel about a misanthropic man whose dreams of becoming a concert pianist are crushed when he encounters famed pianist Glenn Gould. Lang’s unique staging in the Howard Gilman Opera House places the singer on an elevated platform in the middle of a dark theatre so that the mezzanine-only audience sees the singer in a void, with a lone piano, embodying Gould’s music in the distance. Performances run through September 11.
Next Wave features a mix of theatre, dance, music, opera, film and visual arts events from around the U.S. and the world. The theatre line-up features works by BAM favorite Robert Wilson in collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Broadway director and Tony nominee Ivo van Hove; New York-based group The Civilians; and internationally acclaimed director Peter Brook with frequent collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne.
Produced by Bang on a Can, the loser features baritone Rod Gilfry (Anna Nicole, Next Wave 2013), pianist Conrad Tao, an ensemble of musicians including Lisa Dowling on double bass, Isabel Hagen on viola, Mariel Roberts on cello and Owen Weaver on percussion, and is conducted by 2016 Sir Georg Solti Award winner Karina Canellakis.
The Festival slate is made up of 12 theatre productions, two opera works and a host of music, film and dance events. For the full line-up and to purchase tickets, visit BAM.org or contact BAM Ticket Services at (718) 636-4100.