The Los Angeles Master Chorale is remounting our groundbreaking production of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, conducted by Grant Gershon and directed by Peter Sellars.
Since its debut in 2016 – which the LA Times described as “a major accomplishment for music history” – Lagrime has captured the attention of national and international presenters, and we will soon be announcing tour dates to showcase this work and the Los Angeles Master Chorale around the world.
Orlando di Lasso knew that Lagrime was to be the last piece he would ever compose, and so he packed every measure with an emotionally charged texture that channeled all of his pain and remorse into a towering work of beauty. Twenty one singers transform this 75-minute sweeping a cappella Renaissance masterpiece – committed to memory and dramatically staged – into an overwhelmingly emotional performance piece. Set to the poetry of Luigi Tansillo (1510-1568), “I accept responsibility” is the fundamental theme of this work depicting the seven stages of grief that St. Peter experienced after disavowing his knowledge of Jesus on the day he was arrested.
Sellars translates Lagrime through a contemporary lens, suggesting a powerful allegory that by taking responsibility and facing our regrets head-on, we can forge a more resolved and more fulfilling future – the perfect antidote for the bitter politics and walls that divide.