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Concert Preview Performance: True Pearl, An Opera in Five Tapestries

October 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

true pearl (2018)
an opera, in five tapestries
commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Music by David Lang
Libretto by Sibyl Kempson
Performed by Roomful of Teeth and the Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor

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. Hereafter, it will be available to visitors as an “in-ear” opera in the Tapestry Room from Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.


Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

SECTION A: FLOOR LEVEL AND FIRST BALCONY Adults $36, seniors $33, members $24, students & children 7-17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).

SECTION B: SECOND AND THIRD BALCONIES Adults $31, seniors $28, members $19, students & children 7-17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).


October 4, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, 02115 United States
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