In Isabella Stewart Gardner's time, she hosted concerts and other artistic events. In this tradition, award-winning composer David Lang and librettist Sibyl Kempson have designed a radical new work, true pearl: an opera in five tapestries, an "in-ear opera," for you to experience via private headphones in the Museum's Tapestry Room. The "stage" for each act consists of a sixteenth-century tapestry from a series based on the life of King Cyrus of Persia—a dramatic story of empire-building, betrayal, and revenge.
Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time is supported in part by Amy and David Abrams, The Coby Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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