Oscar Wilde’s sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was condemned as scandalous, lurid, and immoral upon its publication in the 1890s. Yet, as composer Lowell Liebermann argues, the titillating horror of its facade is based on a deeply moral vision. Wilde’s story examines our duty not only to our fellow humans, but to art, and the philosophical dangers that arise from taking our creations too literally.
The premise is simple: a handsome and naive young man sells his soul in exchange for the privilege of everlasting youth and beauty while his portrait ages on his behalf. But impunity paves the way to debauchery, cruelty, and murder…
Like Dorian’s portrait, music can be a mirror to the soul. If you dare to see what it shows, join BMOP and Odyssey Opera for a semi-staged performance.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
In collaboration with Odyssey Opera
Friday, November 18, 2016 | 8pm
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston
Tickets available for purchase online, by phone at 781.324.0396, in person at the Jordan Hall Box Office, and at the door.
General admission: $50 | $40 | $30 | $20
Seniors: 10% discount
Student (with valid ID): $10
Students under 18 admitted free (ticket required)
Lowell Liebermann The Picture of Dorian Gray
Jon Jurgens, Dorian Gray
Matthew Curran, Basil Hallward
Thomas Meglioranza, Lord Henry Wotton
Deborah Selig, Sibyl Vane
David Kravitz, James Vane
Claudia Waite, Whore
Frank Kelley, Lord Geoffrey
Gil Rose, conductor