The Picture of Dorian Gray
Composer: Lowell Liebermann
Librettist: Lowell Liebermann
Other Artistic Personnel: John Cox (Director)
Steuart Bedford (Conductor)
Original Cast: Jeffrey Lentz (Dorian Gray)
John Hancock (Lord Henry Wotton)
Gregory Reinhart (Basil Hallward)
Korliss Uecker (Sibyl Vane)
Ron Baker (James Vane)
Vivian Tierney (The Whore)
Stephen Chaundy (Lord Geoffrey)
Bryan Jones (Gamekeeper)
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Premiere Date: May 08, 1996
Producing Company: L'Opera de Monte-Carlo
Description: A painter, Basil Hallward, shows Lord Wotton the recently completed portrait of Dorian Gray. Dorian, upon seeing the picture, reflects on how sad it will be to grow old in direct contrast to the picture, which will be forever young. Dorian states that he would give his soul if the situation could only be reversed. Lord Wotton befriends Dorian, and Dorian tells him of his love affair with the beautiful young actress Sibyl Vane. After one of Sibyl's performances, in which her acting is horrendous, Dorian, shamed, denounces Sibyl, and she commits suicide. The next day, Dorian notices that the expression on his portrait has changed to one of cruelty. He realizes that the picture has become a reflection of his conscience. He banishes the picture to the attic. Eighteen years later, Dorian shows Basil the portrait in his attic. Upon seeing the picture, Basil realizes Dorian's secret and is greatly horrified. They argue, and Dorian stabs and kills him. In a dockside bar, Dorian is confronted by Sibyl's brother, who threatens revenge. He follows Dorian to a hunting party and is mistakenly killed. Dorian explains to Lord Wotton that he means to reform, but Wotton only laughs. Dorian retreats to the attic. Realizing that there is no going back and that reform is not in his future, Dorian stabs the disfigured, bloody picture. Dorian's scream is heard. A transformation has taken place: The picture is now as it was when originally painted, and Dorian is old and disfigured, with a knife in his heart.
Character List (Major): Lord Henry Wotton(bar)
Basil Hallward(b)
Dorian Gray(t)
Sibyl Vane(s)
Character List (Minor): James Vane(bar)
The Whore(s)
Lord Geoffrey(t)
Bit Parts: Non-singing roles: Dorian’s Butler, Sailors, Whores, Piano Player, Hunters, Beaters
Reviews: Opera, Joel Kasow, 10-1996; New Yorker, Alex ross, 6-25-2007; Philadelphia City Paper, David Shengold, 6-12-2007; Broad Street Review, Steve Cohen, 6-13-2007; Courier Post, Robert Baxter, 6-8-2007; Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns, 6-8-2007; Nice matin, 5-10-1996; Le Figaro, 5-12-1996; Diapason, June 1996; Das Opernglas, June 1996; The Independent, 5-19-1996; Die Welt, 5-10-1996; La Marseillaise, 5-16-1996, 5-19-1996; Riviera-Côte d'Azur Zeitung 6-12-1996; 24 Heures 5-15-1996; La Semaine des Spectacles 5-22-1996; International Herald-Tribune, 5-22-1996; Le Chirurgien Dentiste de France, June 1996; New York Times, Alan riding, 5-22-1996; Financial Times, Richard Fairman, 5-14-1996; Le Monde de la Musique, June 1996; Le Figaro: Méditerranée, 6-1-1996; La Tribune des Alpes Maritimes, 5-17-1996
Length: 02:15
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 3 fl, 3 ob, 3 cl, 3 bsn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn - timp, perc, hp - str; On-stage upright pf, Off-stage vln; Red Ver: 2 fl(picc), 2 ob, 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn - timp, perc, hp, kbd - str
Musical Style: Masterful orchestration; tonal; "often reminiscent of film music of the highest quality" (Joel Kasow-Opera)
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