In A grove
An immersive opera that plumbs the elusive nature of perception and truth and the harrowing terrain of love marred by violence.
Christopher Cerrone – composer
Stephanie Fleischmann – libretto
Brian Mertes – director
A silent, waiting grove. A violent encounter between a Samurai and his wife and a notorious brigand. Seven testimonies, each of which offers up a different perspective on the crime.
Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s classic short story ‘In a Grove’ (1922) is the inspiration for a dynamic new immersive chamber opera by composer Christopher Cerrone ( Invisible Cities , The Industry’s immersive adaptation of Calvino’s novel) and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann ( The Long Walk , American Lyric Theater’s adaptation of Brian Castner book) that plumbs the elusive nature of perception and truth and the harrowing terrain of love marred by violence.
Journeying through the shifting ground of a space that morphs from intimate to epic and back, the audience will undergo a powerfully unsettling, haunting experience designed to be both confounding and crystalline, disjunctive yet deeply emotional.
In a Grove was selected by this year's open call.
Performing forces: 4 singers (S,Ct,T,B), small ensemble (6-10 instrumentalists) and electronics
About the artists' work
“Christopher Cerrone’s music is lyrical and rigorous and points the words with skillful felicity and no little gorgeousness… a composer of considerable gifts.”
Hollywood Reporter on Invisible Cities
“Moody, driving music…, lyrical monologues, otherworldly videos and an ingeniously eerie set…a purposefully elusive work, a poetic meditation.”
New York Times on Stephanie Fleischmann’s Red Fly/Blue Bottle
“…thanks to the genius of provocative director Brian Mertes, who has broken all the rules and come up with a production of this Tennessee Williams classic that tears your heart out.”
Providence Journal on Brian Mertes’s The Glass Menagerie