Composer and librettist Lera Auerbach
Director John La Bouchardière
Music director Julian Wachner
Sound design Jody Elff
With Dominic Armstrong, Sarah Brailey, Yulia Van Doren, Branch Fields, John McVeigh, Nicole Mitchell, Liam Moran, Kyle Pfortmiller, Barbara Rearick, David Schmidt, Faith Sherman, Rosalie Sullivan
Immerse yourself into the unexpected, shifting, multisensory sound space of The Blind, an a cappella opera created by Russian-born composer and pianist Lera Auerbach and directed by John La Bouchardière—known to Lincoln Center Festival audiences for the broadly acclaimed The Full Monteverdi, a 2007 work he staged, conceived, and directed. Here, an entirely new dimension of opera comes alive with an unexpected physical and aural journey in a powerful one-act experience that tells the story of twelve nameless characters stranded on a desert island waiting for a rescue that never arrives. The libretto is loosely based on an English adaptation of the controversial play Les aveugles, written by Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck in 1890. The Blind redefines the boundaries between audience and performer, bringing theatergoers a heightened experience of opera and all of its possibilities.
Please note: As an intrinsic element of this production, the audience will be blindfolded for the duration of the performance.
“Her music is so skillfully constructed and so rich in imaginative beauty.”
—San Francisco Chronicle on Lera Auerbach
“A miracle of human endeavor.”
—Telegraph (U.K.) on John La Bouchardière’s The Full Monteverdi
This performance is approximately one hour, with no intermission.
Audience members will be blindfolded.
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