Venue Details

21 Star Starred
ODC Theater
at Shotwell Street 3153 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
415-863-9834
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3.3 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from RC

Agnes, the plastic sheep, stole the show.

reviewed Apr 12 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from RC

I thought the performers were fine. The problem is the story, the dialog, the concept. This one never should have seen the light of day - simply nothing inspired here - it's like when you're waiting for something to happen - anything - and it...continued

reviewed Apr 12 2012 report as inappropriate
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Love/Hate gleefully deploys an array of styles from pop and jazz to serialism and classical opera, to reflect the stream of consciousness of the characters and their own cultural references – including the Doors and the 5th Dimension, to name just two. Perla and Bailis, friends since their time at Yale School of Music, have had the opportunity to collaborate on many projects but Love/Hate is their most ambitious to date. For Perla, a composer and pianist whose work has been met with equal acclaim in both classical and jazz arenas – he recently won the USA Songwriting Competition in the jazz category, and has also enjoyed classical commissions from Oakland East Bay Symphony, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble –_ Love/Hate_ is his first full-length chamber opera. For Bailis, the piece heralds a return to creative life after nearly a decade as the director of ODC Theater.

Together Perla and Bailis set out to update the form of the opera buffa for 21st century audiences. “What Rob has done [in the libretto for Love/Hate is much like The Marriage of Figaro_,” says Perla. San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald agrees: “_Love/Hate,” she says, “is an intimate opera and also a very touching one. It is a welcome challenge for the Adler Fellows, and I think audiences will sense their natural connection with the material.”

But how many chamber operas take on the subject of sexual identity? “It’s a little like Canterbury Tales meets Milan Kundera with a splash of Dr. Ruth,” jokes Bailis. “One of the conspicuous ways Love/Hate departs from the comic opera tradition is in telling a love story between a man and a woman who have each had same-sex relationships in the past. This is part of the fun!”

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