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Concert | Mystery — Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik (Love, Desire & Mystery)

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Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik

Love, Desire & Mystery — Il Parle, Elle Chante

With Tedd Firth on piano

World Premiere


Recorded on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7pm ET

Acclaimed Broadway actress and chanteuse Melissa Errico, working in collaboration with New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, presents a series of three concerts weaving together music and conversation.

The trio of concerts delves into every aspect of the great French obsession: l’amour fou, or crazy, overpowering, all-consuming love. Through these evenings Errico and Gopnik investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world—of how love becomes desire, how desire is cloaked in mystery, and how then the mystery of desire reveals the madness of love again.

After the many objects of Love, and the liquid unpredictability of Desire, comes the shadows of Mystery. Our third evening begins in 1940s America, where what the French call the “polar”—the dark crime novel or film—is invented only to be imitated and transcended in France. Adam Gopnik discusses the evolution of ‘noir’ sensibility in Paris and New York, from Baudelaire’s infatuation with Poe through the impact of American films, such as Double Indemnity, on tastemakers at Cahiers du Cinéma. Melissa Errico sings simmering, dark noir songs, including “Blues in the Night,” “Laura,” and “I’m a Fool to Want You,” as well as the world premiere of a bilingual song by Gopnik and Peter Foley, written specially for the occasion: “We Live, We Love, We Lie, We Die.” Tedd Firth will continue his inimitable piano mastery, and Gopnik may be persuaded to pick up his guitar again and accompany the chanteuse on her mysterious musical errands.

Love was presented on October 14, 2020 — watch on demand

Desire was presented on January 28, 2021 — watch on demand

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    English, French
  • Country
    United States
  • Producer
    Clementine Guinchat
  • Cast
    Melissa Errico, Adam Gopnik, Tedd Firth