Nebula Ensemble will perform the new chamber opera The Man with the Good Face by Sarah Perske and Nathan Cornelius on the Lamont Composers Concert Series (LCCS) on Sunday, May 17th at 7:30 PM. The opera tells the story of James Neal, an aficionado of the human face who retouches photographs for a living and dreams of finding a face that reflects a purely good character.
The inspiration for The Man with the Good Face came from a 1921 short story by Frank Luther Mott, in which the protagonist sees a mysterious man on the New York subway. Cornelius and Perske found the story to be a profound metaphor for the nature of love, the basis of human dignity, and the tension between appearance and reality in modern society. The text focuses on the metaphor of the human face as a screen on which the light and shade of a person’s thoughts and emotions play. This re-telling of Mott’s story puts a 21st-century twist on this timeless tale, and draws inspiration from the sights and sounds of the RTD Denver light rail. The May 17th performance will take place in Hamilton Recital Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. Click here for more information about the concert.