OCT 4: David Lang @ Gardner Museum

Published in *Top Features*, Concert Details & Reviews, New Works

Program:

  • David Lang:  true pearl  (2018)

A series of five mini operas inspired by the museum’s five Life of Cyrus tapestries, commissioned by the Gardner Museum.

Music by David Lang
Libretto by Sibyl Kempson

true pearl is an opera made specifically to be seen and heard in the Tapestry Room of the Gardner Museum. The opera comprises five scenes—one for each tapestry in the Gardner’s spectacular 16th century Flemish series based on the life of King Cyrus of Persia—and each tapestry serves as set and scenery for the opera. Lang and Kempson’s true pearl is not meant to be performed live, but is recorded on special headsets, so patrons of the Museum can listen individually, as they move from tapestry to tapestry, from scene to scene.

This concert will be the first (and only) live performance of the complete score in Calderwood Hall. Hereafter, true pearl will be available to visitors as an “in-ear” opera in the Tapestry Room from Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.

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