Two operas by David Lang receive a West Coast premiere in a collaboration between Portland Opera and Jerry Mouawad, cofounder of venerable Portland theater company Imago, best known for the giant puppetry and comic acrobatics of shows like Frogz and ZooZooThe Little Match Girl Passion is based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a poor young girl selling matches on the street, here recast as a secular Passion play. The other work, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, inspired by an Ambrose Bierce story and with a libretto by playwright Mac Wellman, tells and retells of one man’s sudden disappearance from an Alabama field. It’s some of the most stirring choral work from the 21st century from one of the most acclaimed composers of our time.

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Jul 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM;
Jul 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM;
Aug 03, 2017 at 7:30 PM;
Aug 05, 2017 at 7:30 PM