The Loser

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A frustrated concert pianist is the subject of a new opera by David Lang. More from WNYC’s Sara Fishko, in this week's Fishko Files.

The Loser premieres at the Next Wave Festival at BAM on Wednesday, September 7th and runs through Sunday, September September 11th

Libretto, music, and stage direction by David Lang
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard
Translated from German by Jack Dawson

Conducted by Karina Canellakis
Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
Set design by Jim Findlay
Sound design by Jody Elff
Costume design by Suzanne Bocanegra

Commissioned by BAM
Produced by Bang on a Can


David Lang
This Was Written By Hand (2003)
Andrew Zolinsky, piano

David Lang
Simple Song #3 (2015)
Sumi Jo, soprano; Viktoria Mullova, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra
From the movie "Youth" directed by Paolo Sorrentino

David Lang
She Lighted Another Match (2007)
Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier
From The Little Match Girl Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach
Variation 6. Canon on the second (1955)
Glenn Gould
A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981


WNYC Production Credits

Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley
Mix Engineer: Ed Haber
Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann