Statue of Venus

Tulsa Opera Performance Combines with Philbrook’s Aphrodite Exhibit

Statue of VenusSpecial double bill features two classically inspired, modern American operas

Join Tulsa Opera on Saturday March 23, 2013, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Philbrook Museum of Art as our Studio Artists perform At the Statue of Venus and All Wounds Bleed in a special double bill complementing Philbrook’s exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love.

Experience exquisite classical artwork that celebrates the goddess known as Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome, then discover two short, brilliant, and satirical operas that, while contemporary, are classically inspired.

At the Statue of Venus, by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, the creators of Dead Man Walking, reveals a woman awaiting a blind date in a museum. Her thoughts and emotions are a jumble of hope and uncertainty, all while she lingers near a statue of the goddess of love. Read more about the work here.

In its first staged performance, All Wounds Bleed retells the passionate – and tragic – myth of Echo and Narcissus. Echo and Hera are both tortured in their mutual love of Zeus. Throw in a stolen Cupid’s arrowhead and a mortal who has sworn off love forever, and things get a little crazy on Olympus. All Wounds Bleed was written by composer Christopher Cerrone and librettist Tony Asaro.

The productions will be followed by a Q & A with All Wounds Bleed composer Christopher Cerrone and librettist Tony Asaro. Presented in partnership with Philbrook and directed by Stanley M. Garner. Admission is $10.00 for Philbrook members and $12.00 for those not yet members.

All Wounds Bleed was developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater in New York City.