Enter Gertrude Stein’s salon at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris for a peek at the lives of Matisse, Picasso, and other great artists!

Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon

Libretto by Royce Vavrek

 

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“She believed in herself with such rigor it fascinated me. And her world – the habitués of her salon, Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, anyone who was doing anything of interest, thinking anything worth thinking – came through her Paris salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, until finally, it was Alice who came through and stole her heart.”

-Ricky Ian Gordon, on Gertrude Stein

Pablo Picasso, “Femme Accroupie (Jacqueline),” 1954

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“As soon as she arrived, Stein submerged herself in the bohemian community of the avant garde, described by her brother Leo as an "atmosphere of propaganda." With guidance from her eldest brother Michael—an art collector who lived just a few blocks away—Stein began to amass a modern art collection of her own. She also, at age twenty-nine, dedicated herself in earnest to her writing.”

-The Poetry Foundation

Pablo Picasso, “Gertrude Stein,” 1905–6

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“…many of the qualities you'd expect from an acclaimed opera in a tonal palette — abundant melody, shining orchestrations — but it is Gordon's lyrical exuberance that stands out as uniquely his own. Where other composers find so much shadow in their subjects, Gordon discovers only more light.”

-Opera News

Matisse, “Woman with a Hat,” 1905