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Last Days

Green Umbrella

Tue / Feb 6, 2024 - 8:00PM

Based on the film Last Days written and directed by Gus Van Sant and produced by HBO Films, this new opera plunges into the torment that created a modern myth.

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About this Performance

Blake, a successful musician, has recently escaped rehab to return home. The safety of his house is soon disrupted by a slew of unwelcome guests—an insistent delivery worker, a pair of Mormons on a mission, a chorus of scrounging friends, and the ominous figure of the property's groundskeeper. Matters are made worse by the never-ending phone calls from his Manager and presence of a Private Investigator and Superfan stalking nearby. Blake responds by hiding and disassociating from his surroundings.

As the chaos around him reaches an apex, a ghostly apparition or a magician appears before Blake offering him a way out—in the form of a bullet. Blake is left alone—at last—with nothing to confront but himself. Realizing he is existentially trapped, he chooses to end it all, and with his death, the last days are over.

This concert includes sung English and English supertitles.

This performance is generously supported by Raulee Marcus and the Marcus Fund for New Music.

Last Days is a Royal Opera House production, co-commissioned with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, based on the film Last Days written and directed by Gus Van Sant and produced by HBO Films.

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