Music by Theodore Morrison
Libretto by John Cox and Theodore Morrison
Performed in English with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy
Legendarily flamboyant Oscar Wilde was the toast of the literary world—until a scandalous love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas ruined his reputation and devastated his private life. For one of history’s greatest wits, it was a dark counterpoint to a life earmarked by fearless humor and equally intrepid passion. In this beautifully tragic tale of self-expression and individual freedom, countertenor David Daniels electrifies with what The New York Times called a “Wildean mix of arrogance and vulnerability.” Philadelphia favorite William Burden and soprano Heidi Stober, in her company debut, costar as Oscar's loyal friends.
|Fri, Feb 6||8:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb 8||2:30 p.m.|
|Wed, Feb 11||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Feb 13||8:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb 15||2:30 p.m.|
Approx. 2 hrs 43 min.
Includes a 20 min intermission.
Production underwritten in part by the Wyncote Foundation.
East Coast Premiere | American Repertoire Program
Co-commission and co-production with The Santa Fe Opera
Cast & Creative Team
Bringing beauty to life
- James Daniel * Assistant Director
- David Korins * Set Design
- David C. Woolard * Costume Design
- Rick Fisher * Lighting Design
- Seán Curran * Choreographer
- Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
- Chelsea Antrim Stage Manager
- Becki Smith Assistant Stage Manager
- Sara Prince Assistant Stage Manager
- *Opera Philadelphia debut
Theodore Morrison began composing at the age of forty-two, more than twenty years after he was well established as a conductor specializing in large works for chorus, soloists and orchestra, as well as music for chamber orchestra. Over the past three decades he has composed an epic choral symphony and a number of other large works for voices and orchestra. He has created a substantial body of shorter pieces including an overture for wind ensemble, chamber works for woodwinds and strings, a sonata and a set of variations for organ, several works for chorus and organ, three song cycles, and numerous smaller choral pieces and songs. His music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand.