Lowell Liebermann
The Picture of Dorian Gray

November 18 at 8:00pm

a semi-staged opera in collaboration with

the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Conducted by Gil Rose
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory

Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde


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To begin Odyssey Opera’s 2016-2017 Season, Wilde Opera Nights, and in collaboration with The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), we present Lowell Liebermann’s take on a classic work of philosophical horror, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

A handsome, naive young man is offered perpetual youth and immunity to life’s cruelty, for a price…
Join us in a shadowy world of debauchery and deals with the devil as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera team up for a semi-staged production of Lowell Liebermann’s opera The Picture of Dorian Gray. Based on Oscar Wilde’s immortal novel of the same name, this performance marks the first installment of Odyssey Opera’s 2016-17 season of “Wilde opera nights,” channeling the dynamic work and world of the famous Irish author, playwright, and wit.

Liebermann’s taut and evocative score provides the perfect setting for a venture into the dark corners of the human psyche. The virtuosic musicians of BMOP and a host of top-notch singers provide the action.

The Program Notes are available in PDF.


Dorian Gray – Jon Jurgens
Basil Hallward – Matthew Curran
Lord Henry Wotton – Thomas Meglioranza
Sibyl Vane – Deborah Selig
James Vane – David Kravitz
Whore – Claudia Waite
Lord Geoffrey – Frank Kelley
Gamekeeper – Jeremy Ayres Fisher

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