The voices of a picture
Ľubica Čekovská's opera “Dorian Gray” in Bratislava
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the timelessly relevant story of appearance versus reality, is the subject of Ľubica Čekovská’s first opera which receives its first performance on 8 November in Bratislava. The Slovak composer was commissioned to write the full-length work by the Slovak National Opera in Bratislava to a libretto by Kate Pullinger. The main theme of Dorian Gray is the dualism at the heart of the story – of good and evil, dark and light, poor and rich. This shapes the entire opera, explains the composer. The richly detailed plot in Oscar Wilde’s novel, which at the same time portrays a picture of bigoted Victorian society, is concentrated in the opera into a compelling sequence of scenes in three acts. The director is Nicola Raab, designs are by Alexandra Burgstaller and Annemarie Legenstein, and the conductor is Christopher Ward. The production opens the international ISCM World Music Days in Bratislava.
8.11.2013 Bratislava (Slovak National Theatre)
Ľubica Čekovská: Dorian Gray. Opera in three acts after Oscar Wilde. Libretto: Kate Pullinger (World premiere)conductor: Christopher Ward, production: Nicola Raab, design: Alexandra Burgstaller