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Students Love THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Oct 23, 2018 9:37:18 AM
By BLO Staff posted in #BarberBLO, school partnerships, 2018/19 Season, Arts Education, Student Night at the Opera

Around 400 high school and college students across greater Boston attended BLO’s Final Dress Rehearsal of The Barber of Seville. For many, it was their first experience with opera. Many of the students were surprised and delighted that it was laugh-out-loud funny!
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HIGH FIVE: Get to Know SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD in 5 Minutes or Less

Oct 23, 2018 9:06:00 AM
By BLO Staff posted in #HollywoodBLO, world premiere, Identity, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, living composers, new works, HIGH FIVE

Get to know the World Premiere opera, SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD by composer Tod Machover.
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The Finest Opera Buffa in Existence: Rossini's Sparkling Barber of Seville

Oct 18, 2018 10:25:30 AM
By Richard Dyer posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Rossini

In January, 1816, Rossini was up against a wall, and the person who put him there was himself. At the end of 1815, the composer was in Rome and the director of Rome’s Teatro Argentina asked him on short notice to compose a new opera for February: the opera that would become The Barber of Seville.
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A Daring Mezzo: Daniela Mack Brings ROSINA to Boston

Oct 17, 2018 2:53:40 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, opera singers

“Rosina is an old friend, but she never gets boring,” says mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack. “To sing the same part all the time would get boring if nothing ever changed, but each new production, each new director, each new concept makes everything different.”
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The Factotums of the City: Rosina & Figaro

Oct 10, 2018 4:50:38 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Identity, Women in opera

Strolling through the streets of the city as he flits about from house to house and job to job, Figaro enjoys a freewheeling lifestyle limited only by his own imagination. The circumstances of Rosina, the opera’s principal female character, could hardly be more different.
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Vocal Acrobatics & Musical Wit: A History of The Barber of Seville

Oct 5, 2018 9:46:21 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Rossini

BARBER’s story celebrates the lower classes, democratizing opera through sophisticated showpieces for scheming servants and deceptive suitors. Composers, librettists, actors, and singers could mock the complex love intrigues of the upper class and lay bare the social injustices of their time.
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HIGH FIVE: Get to Know BARBER in 5 Minutes or Less

Oct 2, 2018 1:59:34 PM
By BLO Staff posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Rossini

Get to know Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in 5 minutes or less.
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You've Heard the Hype, Now Meet the #HypeTeam

Oct 1, 2018 3:56:30 PM
By BLO Staff posted in BLO, #BLO40, #livetweeting, #BarberBLO, #BLOHypeTeam

These digital influencers brought our opera hashtags to TRENDING status each of the three times they've convened. They're hilarious, fun, and twitter-powerful. #BarberBLO
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BLO Education: Summer Recap

Sep 17, 2018 9:45:13 AM
By Rebecca Ann S. Kirk posted in #ArtsEdBLO, Music Education, opera for youth, Create your own opera, Summertime, community engagement, school partnerships

As a new school year begins, we reflect on a summer of singing with youth and teachers across Boston. Through new and existing partnerships, BLO Teaching Artists immerse students and teachers into the world of creating an opera.
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Dissenters & Rebels: FIGARO

Sep 10, 2018 11:30:22 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in Politics and Opera, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Mozart, Rossini, figaro, #BarberBLO

It may be impossible to talk about revolutions and opera without circling back to that iconic, endearing, clever barber, Figaro—an archetypal character who has transcended genres, charmed generations, and helped inspire a revolution.
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