Courtney Love, Opera Singer?


Aidin Vaziri | Looking resplendent with long blond locks and a black cocktail dress accessorized with a pearl necklace and bracelet, Courtney Love slithered onto the stage at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco on Monday night and briefly reminisced about her life in the city, where she was born and spent some formative years.

“I did a lot of drugs here,” she rasped, “and started a lot of imaginary bands.”

The widow of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Love is a singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon and provocateur who found fame with her real band, Hole, in the 1990s. She was in town to take part in the latest installment of Curran: Under Construction’s innovative “Groundbreakers” series.

The 51-year-old rocker and the playwright-composer Todd Almond were there to talk about their unlikely collaboration, the music-theater piece called “Kansas City Choir Boy,” with Curran Editor at Large Kevin Sessums, a former writer for Vanity Fair and author of two memoirs.

“I’m used to diving into you,” said Love, sizing up the 150 or so audience members who were seated on the stage as well, facing out into the empty theater that — as advertised — is under construction through the end of the year with painter’s tape on the walls and an enormous crystal chandelier dangling just above the mezzanine. “In this, you guys don’t exist.”

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