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Composed by Du Yun

May 1 - 3

West Coast premiere

At the The Broad Stage

Angel's Bone cancellation notice

Performances of Angel's Bone (May 1 and 3), as part of our Off Grand partnership with Beth Morrison Projects, have been cancelled due to The Broad Stage cancelling the remainder of their season as part of the effort to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning new opera by Du Yun is an allegory of human trafficking in modern times. Two fallen angels are battered and bruised from their long journey to earth. They are found by a man and wife who nurse them back to health, only to exploit them for profit and personal use. The eclectic and lyrical score uses a variety of musical genres in this profound and haunting new opera, the latest production in our multi-season collaboration with the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects.

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"It's an appallingly good work."

New York Times

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Mrs. X.E.
Abigail Fischer
Mr. X.E.
Kyle Pfortmiller
Boy Angel
Kyle Bielfield
Girl Angel
Rosie K

Creative Team

Du Yun
Royce Vavrek
Creative Producer
Beth Morrison
Michael Joseph McQuilken
Julian Wachner
Scenery / Lighting
Maruti Evans
Kate Fry
Michael Joseph McQuilken
Jennifer Newman

"It's a lot of music that matters to me dearly, from Renaissance to chant to meticulously notated modern music to screaming songs that I like to sing."

Composer Du Yuninterview with NPR's Deceptive Cadence

West Coast premiere

Please note: This production includes scenes of violence and adult content.

Presented by LA Opera Off Grand and The Broad Stage

Approximate running time: 80 minutes

Originally commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia. Completion co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Angel’s Bone premiered at PROTOTYPE 2016 and was produced in association with Trinity Wall Street.

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Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. Battered and bruised from their long journey, they are found by a husband and wife.

Facing a financial crisis, the couple has grown far apart. The unspoken aggression between them is palpable. Nevertheless, when they find the fallen cherubs in their garden, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health.

They bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails… then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw-foot bathtub for a shared bed. They then decide to exploit the magical beings, clipping their wings and forcing them into prostitution to earn back their plucked feathers.

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