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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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Dissenters & Rebels: LA MAUPIN

Aug 14, 2018 1:50:52 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, opera singers

Julie d’Aubigny led an incredible life full of adventure and defied expectations for “ladylike” behavior. She carried on public love affairs with both men and women; often dressed in men’s clothing; was once sentenced to death; and achieved acclaim on the leading operatic stages of Paris and beyond.
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Dissenters & Rebels: VA, PENSIERO

Aug 6, 2018 10:55:35 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, verdi, Politics and Opera

In celebration of our 2018/19 Season, take a tour through opera history to find 7 examples that upended societal expectations, charted their own course, and imagined the world anew. Installment #3 – we turn to the Risorgimento in Italy and the mythic status of an unforgettable Verdi anthem.
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Dissenters & Rebels: LA BOHÈME

Jul 17, 2018 2:17:39 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, Puccini, la boheme

Who are the Dissenters and Rebels of opera? In celebration of our 2018/19 Season, take a tour through opera history to find seven examples who upended societal expectations and inspired others to imagine the world anew. First up: poor artists living la vie bohème in 19th-century Paris.
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“Trouble in Tahiti" Indeed

May 10, 2018 1:15:33 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in 1950s, Film, Leonard Bernstein, 2017/18 Season, Identity, #tahitiBLO

As BLO has been rehearsing and preparing Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, we have been getting a lot of feedback, both internally from our staff and artists and externally from our community members, about the pivotal scene that gives the opera its name.
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Get to Know Tahiti/Arias in 5 Minutes or Less

Mar 28, 2018 11:36:26 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s, 2017/18 Season, HIGH FIVE, New Production

Get to know two Leonard Bernstein masterpieces, TROUBLE IN TAHITI and ARIAS & BARCAROLLES in 5 minutes or less before BLO's new production in May 2018.
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Get to Know The Threepenny Opera in 5 Minutes or Less

Feb 28, 2018 10:00:23 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in #ThreepennyBLO, HIGH FIVE, 2017/18 Season, Brecht, Weill, New Production

BLO's new production of The Threepenny Opera runs MAR 16-25. Here's what you need to know.
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BLO's Top Ten 2017 Opera Moments

Dec 28, 2017 3:03:49 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in 2017/18 Season, Top Ten, #FigaroBLO, #RakesBLO, #ToscaBLO, Museum of Fine Arts, #BurkeBLO, Classroom Operas

Take a tour through BLO's "Top Ten" opera memories from 2017...
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Edinburgh, 1828: The Historical Core of Burke & Hare

Nov 2, 2017 5:10:45 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in #BurkeBLO, 2017/18 Season, BLO history, Boston Lyric Opera

Edinburgh's schools of anatomy were thriving in the early 19th century - but fresh bodies were scarce. Explore the historical context of BURKE & HARE.
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Composer-Librettist Team Julian Grant and Mark Campbell Talk Burke & Hare

Oct 30, 2017 4:06:18 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in #BurkeBLO, 2017/18 Season, Burke & Hare

Grant and Campbell discuss their collaboration on Burke & Hare.
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