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Confronting Sexual Violence Onstage: The Rape of Lucretia and The Handmaid's Tale

Mar 8, 2019 11:57:28 AM
By Lucy Caplan

While there is no one way to respond to the personal experience of watching an artistic portrayal of sexual violence, the pervasiveness of such scenes in opera raises broader questions. What does it mean to portray sexual violence on the operatic stage, especially in LUCRETIA and HANDMAID'S TALE?
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Make a Day of Your Trip to the Opera

Mar 8, 2019 11:55:00 AM
By BLO Staff posted in BLO, Boston Lyric Opera, Just for fun, opera, Travel Goals, venue, Art, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, things to do

Whether you live in the city or are just visiting there are always new places to explore and discover. Explore the recently developed Fort Point and South Boston Seaport area just minutes from the venue for our next opera, The Rape of Lucretia.
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From Esther Nelson: The Power of the Human Spirit

Mar 7, 2019 10:33:04 AM
By BLO Staff posted in Interview, Videos, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO

Our spring season begins with the powerful story of Lucretia, a woman who's choice to speak up sparked change. Hear General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson discuss why BLO selected this opera and why you should witness this remarkable story.
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Who is Lucretia? The Personal is Political

Mar 4, 2019 10:51:07 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

Lucretia is a creation of allegory, history and myth entwined, one that can help us understand on one level, the founding of the ancient Roman Republic; on another, the inherent tension between honor, patriarchy, and tyranny; and on still another, the nature of power itself.
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The Legend of Lucretia: Exploring an Archetype

Mar 1, 2019 11:34:49 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Shakespeare, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The complex ambiguities and the disturbing moral and psychological interpretations that lie below the surface in the story of Lucretia have long fascinated writers, painters, composers, and philosophers.
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Quickstart: The Rape of Lucretia

Feb 25, 2019 1:00:04 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

Learn all about the new BLO production of THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA through this quickstart guide.
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Subscriber Spotlight

Feb 8, 2019 3:08:10 PM
By BLO Staff posted in profile, bio, Subscriber Appreciation, Subscribers

Throughout the month of February we will be turning the spotlight on to our Subscribers! Meet some of our biggest fans, learn about their experience with BLO, and discover why they love opera.
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Singing into 2019

Dec 26, 2018 10:25:42 AM
By BLO Staff posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Classroom Operas, #tahitiBLO, Castle of our Skins, 2018/19 Season, #BarberBLO, #HollywoodBLO, Year in Review

As we sing into the New Year, we look back at some of our favorite BLO memories of 2018.
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Student Reactions to the Opera- & Film-Infused SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD

Nov 21, 2018 11:45:49 AM
By BLO Staff posted in Student Night at the Opera, #ArtsEdBLO, Identity, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, school partnerships, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

BLO welcomed dozens of students to the Final Dress Rehearsal of SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD, the World Premiere composed by Tod Machover. A unique fusion of opera, theater, film, and electronics, this opera illuminates the iconic 20th-century composer Arnold Schoenberg at a crossroads in his life. Here's what our student audience had to say.
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Schoenberg in...Hollywood?

Nov 15, 2018 11:42:59 AM
By Joseph Auner posted in living composers, living librettists, world premiere, Identity, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

The title of Tod Machover’s new opera, Schoenberg in Hollywood, will likely be reframed as a question by many audience members, e.g. “Schoenberg in Hollywood?” What could the inventor of the musical revolutions of atonality and twelve-tone music possibly have to do with Hollywood?
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