Scenic and lighting design MARUTI EVANS
Projection design MICHAEL JOSEPH McQUILKEN based on original design by HANNAH WASILESKI
Beijing Music Festival
October 18-19, 2019
LA OPERA - THE BROAD STAGE
May 1-3, 2020
TICKETS AND INFO AT laopera.org
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status. Nevertheless, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails... then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw foot bathtub for a shared bed, and decide to exploit these magical beings for wealth and personal gains.
Angel's Bone melds chamber music, theatre, pop music, spoken word, opera, cabaret and electronics, exploring the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.
“Intriguing in its mix of musical styles and its fantasy.”
-Wall Street Journal
“…cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice…”
-The New York Times, on Du Yun
“An opera about human trafficking which seamlessly merges medieval polyphony, indie rock, and even a bit of Darmstadtian modernism.”
-New Music Box
Originally commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia
Completion co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Angel’s Bone premiered at PROTOTYPE 2016 and was produced in association with Trinity Wall Street.
Tour supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.