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Laura Stanfield Prichard

Laura Stanfield Prichard is a Visiting Researcher in Music and Dance History at Harvard University and regular contributor to the Boston Musical Intelligencer. After teaching and performing in San Francisco for ten years, she is now a popular pre-concert speaker and university lecturer in the Boston (principal speaker for Boston Baroque and Berkshire Choral International). She was an Assistant Director for the SF Symphony Chorus under Vance George’s direction, and is a regular speaker/writer for the Chicago Symphony, New World Symphony, SF Symphony, SF Opera, and Merola Program.

Recent Posts

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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Finding Meaning in Melodrama: TOSCA

Oct 5, 2017 8:47:59 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in #ToscaBLO, Tosca, 2017/18 Season, Coda

Laura Stanfield Prichard surveys TOSCA, a fierce battle of wills set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars.
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Writing Vows: Creating THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Mar 31, 2017 11:14:19 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in BLO, #BLO40, #FigaroBLO

The Marriage of Figaro is a masterful blend of comedic and tragic elements, playing with operatic conventions and introducing innovative musical elements. In the words of Johannes Brahms, “…each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect; nothing like it was ever done again….”
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Greek Tidbits and Inside Info

Nov 19, 2016 2:54:22 PM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in #GreekBLO

After Mark-Anthony Turnage studied at Tanglewood Music Center with Hans Werner Henze in 1983, Henze arranged a commission from him for the Munich Biennale, and thus Greek premiered in 1988. The “then unknown, twenty-five-year-old English composer” had “never written a piece longer than fifteen minutes,” but established a growing international reputation after the enthusiastic reception to Greek’s world premiere. Greek won two awards and was a highlight of the 1988 Edinburgh Festival.
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Nov 2, 2016 4:55:09 PM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard

Greek: A story written by a supervillain. This contemporary English opera is based on the 1980 play of the same title by actor and playwright Steven Berkoff. Greek: Where it’s at: Turnage’s opera Greek was premiered in the Carl-Orff-Hall of Munich’s Gasteig complex.
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