Brian Lobel with Gweneth-Ann Rand

24 Italian Songs & Arias
  • Fri 05.04
    20:30 - 21:30
    Opera Ghent, Gent
    Schouwburgstraat 3
  • Sat 06.04
    20:30 - 21:30
    Opera Ghent, Gent
    Schouwburgstraat 3

A hilarious opera recital to celebrate failure

A show about failure, by two award-winning failures. After failing to win numerous awards and after many unsuccessful funding applications, 24 Italian Songs and Arias is a recital, an opera, a gathering for (and by) those whose best isn’t always enough.

(Beloved) performance artist Brian Lobel failed to get into the New York State Choir. (Acclaimed) Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand (4.48 Psychosis, Royal Opera House; Aida, English National Opera) failed to win at Cardiff Singer of the World. These two magnificent failures have joined forces to create a show about trying your best, aiming to please and how we ever know if we are ‘good enough’.

There’s no dress code…but you won’t be turned away for donning a top hat or silky gloves, should the mood strike you. 

Cast: Brian Lobel, Gweneth-Ann Rand, Allyson Devenish and Naomi Felix

In collaboration with the choir of laGeste

Developed with support from The Yard, London, Certain Blacks and Arts Council England.


Press quotes:

“It’s hard to resist the gorgeous final moments which remind that sometimes imperfection is far more interesting than flawless perfection, and often just having a go is a success in itself”

 Lyn Gardner - Stagedoor

“Without romanticising failure or bitterly rehashing it, this is a performance about frustration, drifting and feeling ‘not good enough’”

Tatjana Damjanovic - The Spy in the Stalls