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Lucy Caplan

Lucy Caplan
Lucy Caplan is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, where she is writing a dissertation on African American opera in the early twentieth century. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rubin Prize for Music Criticism.

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“The only true history of the times”: African American History Onstage

May 29, 2018 2:19:52 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in community engagement, FREE, Identity, African American Composers, Castle of our Skins

In "Crossing the Line to Freedom", opera and song bring the past to life, joining a long tradition of staged performances that dramatize the African American past. Black performing artists have long recognized that the stage is a vitally important platform for the telling of historical stories.
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Spotlight on: Composers Adolphus Hailstork, Nkeiru Okoye, and Anthony R. Green

May 23, 2018 11:39:26 AM
By Lucy Caplan posted in community engagement, FREE, living composers, Identity, African American Composers, Castle of our Skins

Get to know the final three composers featured in BLO's upcoming community concert series, Crossing the Line to Freedom, created in partnership with Castle of our Skins. In the spotlight this week: Adolphus Hailstork, Nkeiru Okoye, and Anthony R. Green!
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Spotlight on: Composers Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, and Dorothy Rudd Moore

May 17, 2018 11:47:05 AM
By Lucy Caplan posted in community engagement, FREE, living composers, Identity, African American Composers, Castle of our Skins

Get to know 3 of the composers featured in BLO's upcoming community concert series "Crossing the Line to Freedom," created in partnership with Castle of our Skins. This week: Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, and Dorothy Rudd Moore--three incredible women with equally powerful stories to share!
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The Personal, Political Leonard Bernstein

Apr 11, 2018 2:53:43 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s

Leonard Bernstein's multifaceted musical career, combined with his outspoken involvement in politics and general embrace of public life, made him into a person who seemed inseparable from the broader context in which he lived and worked.
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Exploitation and Entertainment: The Legacy of P. T. Barnum

Feb 2, 2018 4:22:17 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in opera singers, mfa, Museum of Fine Arts, Signature Series

The story of P.T. Barnum's success is also the story of the exploitation of others.
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The Complexity and Humanity of Floria Tosca

Oct 17, 2017 3:33:45 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in Tosca, #ToscaBLO, 2017/18 Season, Women in opera

Even as Tosca faces personal danger, she imagines the world beyond her immediate circumstances and makes clear that she is a person of depth and substance.
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Carmen in Boston: A Look Back at the Opera’s Local Premiere

Sep 2, 2016 11:10:36 AM
By Lucy Caplan

Carmen in Boston: A Look Back at the Opera’s Local Premiere. Before Carmen was one of the most famous operas in the world, it was something completely and utterly new. A daring story by a relatively unknown young composer, it broke the conventional rules of the genre and introduced the world to some of the most compelling operatic characters ever created.
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Celebrating a Year of Opera

Jul 11, 2016 2:44:00 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in 2015/16 Season, Emerging Artists, In the Penal Colony, la boheme, Lehar, opera gala, Philip Glass, Werther

Lucy Caplan, BLO Education & Community Engagement Intern, shares photos and memories celebrating a year of opera.
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