Love/Hate is a dark-hued comedic rhapsody on contemporary intimate partnerships of every persuasion. Told from the heart, it’s a little like Canterbury Tales meets Milan Kundera, with a splash of Dr. Ruth.
Love/Hatetraces the arc of the blossoming love between a chilly college professor and her tech-geek, sexually confused new boyfriend. Their affair triggers a quixotic romp through the characters¹ personal histories, dropping in on pivotal moments in time that have shaped for each their views on love: from clumsy sexual experimentation to full blown commitment, bloodthirsty fights to tender acknowledgements. Reveling in the 21st Century¹s increasingly absurd mating methodologies, and roiling at the isolation of point and click social lives, Love/Hate shamelessly posits an old paradox for a new era.
Love/Hateis a chamber opera conceived for contemporary performing arts spaces as well as small to medium opera houses and musical theater presenters. Love/Hate gleefully deploys a dizzying array of styles from foxtrot to minimalism to atonality to 80′s cheese-pop, to embrace and skewer a cast of urban contemporary character-types we all know and love (and sometimes hate), all too well.
Love/Hateis being developed in part with generous grants from the BMI Foundation, the Virgil Thomson Foundation and the “Composers & the Voice Circle of Friends”.