Courtney Love has announced that she will perform in an opera entitled Kansas City Choir Boy next January.
The show will be held at Manhattan Art Centre as part of the Prototype: Opera/ Theatre/ Now project for ten performances and is described as “experimental opera”. It runs from January 8 to 17, 2015.
Love will play the lead role in the piece, however further details of the part are yet to be disclosed.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the event, Love said that her motivation was to “do something different”.
“I love the concept, and I’m loving the music. I’m playing it constantly. I’m looking to do things that are different,” she said. “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.”
Todd Almond, who has composed the music for the show, also discussed his reasons for casting the Hole frontwoman, who has never performed in an opera before. “I’ve always been fascinated with her. I love her voice, and I think she’s a great actress. And I thought she would find the character interesting,” he told The Times’ ArtsBeat.
He also clarified that Kansas City Choir Boy would not be an opera in the traditional sense of the word. “When I say ‘opera,’ I don’t mean it’s in an operatic style,” Almond said. “I mean it in the sense that it’s a group of songs that tell a story. I write musicals, I write plays and I write what I call opera.”
Courtney Love is also in the process of writing an autobiography, however recently branded the book “a disaster”. The Girl With The Most Cake was originally due for release in 2013, however Love has admitted that it’s “just not working” and that she “never wanted to write a book in [her] entire life”.