Set in Venice Beach, THE FACE is a deeply compelling story about the price of fame, desire and creativity. The central character, a once famous poet named RAPHAEL, struggles with the recent loss of his lover and muse MARINA, while juggling the demands of a movie being made about his life and his increasing notoriety. The narrative is both passionate and raw in its candor, offering an intimate view of the human condition as experienced by an artist.
THE FACE is a multidisciplinary 80 minute chamber opera (featuring music, film and choreography), which was conceived of and created by award winning American composer - Donald Crockett (USC, Los Angeles) and the highly acclaimed Los Angeles based poet, David St. John. The creative team for the production includes an innovative group of artists from Paris, France - Stage Director and Choreographer: Yano Iatrides, Paul Desveaux (concept and film) and Laurent Schneegans (Lighting Designer).
THE FACE features an exceptional, young, international cast including the acclaimed British tenor, Daniel Norman as RAPHAEL, American lyric baritone, Thomas Meglioranza as the movie producer MEMPHIS, mezzo soprano Janna Baty as the director, INFANTA and the talented young Australian soprano - Jane Sheldon as the actress CYBELE.
Also featured are the national award winning musicians of the Boston based FIREBIRD ENSEMBLE conducted by Gil Rose (Boston Modern Orchestra Project). Special guest artists from Los Angeles include: Brian Head (Guitars), J.G. Miller (Horn) and Ryan Baird (Bass).
Please join us for the World Premiere run of THE FACE a remarkable new work which has taken seven years to create!
Check out this video shot live during our rehearsal workshop at the University of Southern California this past April.
Aratani/Japan America Theater (View)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012