Newmark Theatre

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field & Little Match Girl Passion

For the west coast premiere of this double bill, Lang’s music is paired with the creative direction of Imago Theatre’s Artistic Co-Director Jerry Mouawad.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion,” wrote Pulitzer juror Tim Page. A narrative written by Lang but inspired by Hans Christian Andersen takes the story of a young girl cruelly cast out into the cold and tenderly—almost magically—elevates and transforms her plight.

It’s Pre-Civil War in the American South, and a slave owner disappears in plain view of his family, neighbors, and slaves. Set to haunting, emotional music, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field is a story about those he leaves behind. Everyone around him saw the same thing, but each one interprets it in a different way.

Sung in English with text projected above the stage.

Season subscriptions available from Portland Opera.

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