Opera Philadelphia

Little / Waldman

Black Lodge

Black Lodge

Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Anne Waldman
Story & Screenplay by Michael Joseph McQuilken
Direction by Michael Joseph McQuilken
World Premiere
Film Screening with Live Performance
Part of Festival O22

“Be very careful what you need to know.” So warns the unnamed protagonist of David T. Little’s new cinematic opera, Black Lodge. This bold, surrealist work blends opera and rock into an alchemical exploration of magic, mystery, regret, and redemption. Black Lodge is an inspired and radical reconsideration of the operatic form by one of America’s most prolific and daring composers.  

Glam opera band, Timur & the Dime Museum, featuring the “stratospheric voice” (Los Angeles Times) of front man Timur, alongside musicians from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra, perform live in a World Premiere event that is part film screening and part industrial rock opera concert.   

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects


Watch Play

Black Lodge video

MapPhiladelphia Film Center

Sat, Oct 1 9:00 p.m.
Sun, Oct 2 8:00 p.m.

Approximately 1 hour with no intermission

Opera commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera

Film commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Opera Philadelphia, the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera, David & Kiki Gindler, Charlotte Isaacs, and Thomas H. Platz, with additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Major support provided by the Mellon Foundation

Developed by Beth Morrison Projects, California Institute for the Arts, HERE Arts Center, and REDCAT.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Cast & Creative Team

Michael Joseph McQuilken
Michael Joseph McQuilkenDirector
Jennifer Harrison Newman
Jennifer Harrison Newman
Timur & the Dime Museum
Timur & the Dime Museum *Live Performers
David T. Little


David T. Little

David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). His operas Dog DaysJFK, and Vinkensport (librettos by Royce Vavrek), and Soldier Songs have been widely acclaimed, “prov[ing] beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future” (The New York Times). Read more >>

Anne Waldman


Anne Waldman

Internationally recognized and acclaimed poet Anne Waldman has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades as writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist. Her poetry is recognized in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg, and in the Beat, New York School, and Black Mountain trajectories of the New American Poetry. But has raised the bar as a feminist, activist and powerful performer. She has read in the streets as well as numerous larger venues such as the Dodge Literary Festival in the USA and the Jaipur Literature Festival in India and continues to teach poetics all over the world.  Read more>>

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