ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) David Lang: the whisper opera


“Lang, once a post-minimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.”
–New Yorker

The final concert of ICE’s third year as ensemble-in-residence at MCA Stage features a world-premiere chamber opera by David Lang, commissioned by ICE with Tony Arnold as solo soprano. This one-of-a-kind work is performed with the musicians, singer, and audience enclosed in an intimate, onstage set. Composed for flute, clarinet, percussion, cello, and solo soprano, the music and the environment work together to convey themes of secrets, and the tension between what we hide and what we choose to reveal. the whisper opera (2013) is inspired in part by Lang’s visits to rural Italy, where he was surprised to experience the powerful intimacy of small opera houses.

Lang has turned to Jim Findlay to direct the work and create the particular stage design needed for the intimate setting of the whisper opera; Findlay is an influential and delightfully provocative force as a designer and director in New York’s experimental theater world.

At the request of the artists, there will be no late seating for this performance.