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Opera offers symposium on Oscar Wilde

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The Santa Fe Opera will present a four-day symposium on Oscar Wilde in conjunction with the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera “Oscar.” The symposium begins on July 25 with a keynote address by Merlin Holland, author and only grandchild of Wilde.
On July 26, there will be a panel presentation of scholarly papers followed by lunch and a round table discussion.
The Oscar creative team, librettist John Cox, choreographer Seán Curran, composer Morrison and director Kevin Newbury will participate in a panel discussion July 27.
Additionally, there will be two staged readings of “Moises Kaufmann’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” presented by Santa Fe REP. The complete schedule can be found below. All symposium events will take place at The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.
The cost is $85. Admission to the keynote address, or the presentations on July 26 and lunch is $50.
To register, or for more information call Daniel Garcia in the Opera’s Education Department, 946-2417 or email dgarcia@santafeopera.org.
Oscar Wilde: Celebrity or Notoriety?
July 25 – 28
The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail
July 25
6 p.m.: Keynote Address: “Confounding the Critics - Surviving the Scandal: The Remarkable Reputation of Oscar Wilde,” by Merlin Holland, grandson of Oscar Wilde. Reception follows.
July 26
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Panel Presentation of Papers, “Oscar Wilde and Salome: A Consideration of Cultural Dissonance,” Elinor Olin, National-Louis University,
“’Opera by You’ and the Circulation of Celebrity,” Brianna Wells, University of Alberta.
“Absolutely and Entirely True: Wilde, Scandal, and Gossip,” Scott St. Pierre, Oklahoma State University.
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Round Table Discussion: “Oscar Wilde: Celebrity or Notoriety.” Moderator: Chad Thomas, University of Alabama, Huntsville.
7 p.m.: Staged Reading: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trails of Oscar Wilde”
July 27
11 a.m.
Creative Team Panel Discussion: Participants: John Cox, Seán Curran, Theodore Morrison, Kevin Newbury. Moderator: Cori Ellison
July 28
4 p.m.
Staged Reading: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde”