The retooled version of the opera Oscar is currently on stage at Opera Philadelphia, starring countertenor David Daniels as Oscar Wilde and Reed Luplau as as Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, both of whom are gay.
The opera's directors, Kevin Newbury and James Daniel, created a short film that features Daniels' haunting vocals and the sexy Luplau. As Newbury, who is also gay, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "A lot of the changes were about making it more itself, bringing out all the things we always wanted to bring out, but more so. It's gotten sexier. We're being less careful."
Newbury also noted: "This is a very candid thing to talk about, but we're open books anyway: You don't see our stories onstage," he said. "The weight of telling that story about a love between two men . . . maybe made us too reverent or respectful. This time, we're not afraid of the ugly side of the relationship."
Check it out below and find tickets for the production in Philly through Feb. 15.