Courtney Love has been cast as the lead in Kansas City Choir Boy, Todd Almond’s experimental opera that will premiere at the Prototype Festival in January.
Almond, a longtime fan of Love, said he “thought she would find the character interesting.” After discussing Kansas City Choir Boy and casting Love with director Kevin Newbury, he jumped at the chance and sent her some of the music.
The actress loved it: “I’m playing it constantly. I’m looking to do things that are different. I just finished a rock tour of Australia, and it was great, but I’ve been doing that for a long time. I wanted to do something challenging,” Love said. Love made her Sons of Anarchy debut on Oct. 1.
The term “opera” doesn’t refer to operatic style here. Almond considers opera a group of songs that tell a story—essentially, it’s a musical without spoken words. “I write musicals, I write plays and I write what I call opera, which I think of as a form that opens the minds of both the performers and the listeners,” he told The New York Times.
According to Almond, the production “became a piece about a man and a woman in love in the Midwest, but then the woman sees something on the horizon that makes her realize that she has a greater destiny, and she follows that.”
Kansas City Choir Boy will run at the Manhattan Arts Center from Jan. 8 to 17.