Composer: Jack Perla
Composer Bio: Jack Perla was recently commissioned by the Minnesota Opera to compose a full evening work for their 50th anniversary. In 2008 he participated in Composers and the Voice, a program of American Opera Projects. He's currently at work on a new piece for the Paul Dresher Ensemble with tenor Thomas Glen, and several other projects including Love/Hate with AOP and a new work for Tapestry New Opera in Toronto.

Jack earned his DMA at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman and Lukas Foss. He has received commissions, awards, grants and performances from the Oakland Symphony, James Irvine Foundation, Louisiana Philharmonic, New Music Chicago, Absolute Ensemble, Argosy Fund for New Music, MATA, Chicago Symphony, Yaddo, MacDowell and many other organizations. He won the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composers Award in 1997, and remains an active jazz performer & composer. Jack was commissioned by ODC/Dance to create the score for the dance theater work “On a Train Heading South” which recently toured the country.
Librettist: Rob Bailis
Librettist Bio: Rob Bailis is a musician, director, and writer based in his native San Francisco. As a dramatist, Rob’s first musical play The Culture Counter was produced in 1991 in Chicago. Since then, he has created a widely performed body of work primarily in art song, song cycle, and more recently libretto, including his solo shows, Ride with Me (2000) and Theseus on String Theory (2009).

Since 2003 he has been the Artistic Director of ODC Theater, SF’s oldest and most esteemed venue for contemporary performing arts. In 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle honored Rob, naming him ‘MVP’ in the field of arts presenting, describing his curation as, “smart and sophisticated...his enthusiasm is infectious.” A renowned classical clarinetist Rob has toured the U.S., Canada, Asia, and the U.K. and performs regularly with the Santa Rosa Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the Yale School of Music.
Premiere Date: April 12, 2012
Description: Love/Hate is a dark-hued comedic rhapsody on contemporary intimate partnerships of every persuasion. Told from the heart, it's a little like Canterbury Tales meets Milan Kundera, with a splash of Dr. Ruth.

Love/Hate traces the arc of the blossoming love between a chilly college professor and her tech-geek, sexually confused new boyfriend. Their affair triggers a quixotic romp through the characters' personal histories, dropping in on pivotal moments in time that have shaped for each their views on love: from clumsy sexual experimentation to full blown commitment, bloodthirsty fights to tender acknowledgments. Reveling in the 21st Century's increasingly absurd mating methodologies, and roiling at the isolation of point and click social lives, Love/Hate shamelessly posits an old paradox for a new era.

Love/Hate is a chamber opera conceived for contemporary performing arts spaces as well as small to medium opera houses and musical theater presenters.
Character List (Major): Soprano
Mezzo Soprano
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Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: Orchestrated in two formats:
1) Four singers playing multiple roles and five musicians (Clarinet, Cello, Bass, Percussion; Piano)
2) Eight singers and sixteen member chamber ensemble.
Contact: American Opera Projects, Inc.
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