In a similarly upbeat vein was Dag Gabrielsen’s sweetly surreal “All Three Acts of a Sad Play Performed Entirely in Bed,” with a libretto by Julie Larios. A cute postmodern riff, mostly on Strauss’s waltz-crazy “Rosenkavalier,” it follows a woman for 10 minutes as she recalls fragments of an old relationship.
IN THREE ACTS
Score & Scenario by Dag Gabrielsen
Text by Julie Larios
All Three Acts of a Sad Play Performed Entirely in Bed is a ten-minute pocket opera in three acts with overture set in New York City in the 1960s. The action takes place on and around a single, unmade bed. In front of the bed - a martini glass, empty bottle of gin and ashtray full of cigarette butts. In the bed - Lily, a young woman in white nightgown (or rather, Lily’s memory of herself in her twenties) - and Lyle, the ghost of a player Lily slept with years earlier.
Orchestral version premiered by New York City Opera at VOX 2011
Ryan McAdams, conductor
Meredith Lustig as Lily
Karin Mushegain as Lyle
WQXR Radio Interview
Jeff Spurgeon & Dag Gabrielsen