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Richard Dyer

Richard Dyer is a distinguished writer and lecturer. He wrote about music for The Boston Globe for more than 30 years, serving as chief music critic for most of that time. He has twice won the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for Distinguished Music Criticism.

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“The Punk Ballerina” Meets Arnold Schoenberg: Karole Armitage Directs Schoenberg in Hollywood

Nov 6, 2018 3:26:47 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in Schoenberg, #HollywoodBLO, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, Identity, Choreography, Stage Directors

Karole Armitage, stage director of Schoenberg in Hollywood, has spent her entire career re-inventing herself ... “I never sought to have a ‘career,’” she says. “Instead I always follow my curiosity and I’ve always been willing to try something no one else was doing.”
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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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Catching up with Claude Heater: Original Trio Member in Trouble in Tahiti

May 15, 2018 12:35:36 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in 1950s, Leonard Bernstein, #tahitiBLO, 2017/18 Season, opera singers

As far as Google can tell, Claude Heater is the only living member of the original cast of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Back in 1952, Heater was the baritone in the vocal trio. Today, Heater is 90 and has lively memories of Bernstein and of many other figures in his long and vigorous life.
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Journey to Tahiti: The Genesis of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti 

Apr 12, 2018 3:45:31 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in 1950s, Leonard Bernstein, #tahitiBLO, 2017/18 Season

The range of musical styles that Leonard Bernstein worked in is extraordinarily wide—but the range of subjects he engaged with is comparatively narrow, and all of the subjects came out of his own life: love, family, and all the various ties that bind.
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OPERA in the 20th & 21st Centuries: BLO’s 2017/18 Season

May 26, 2017 1:22:19 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in BLO

Boston Lyric Opera will again journey to four different performance venues, but the Company remains committed to strongly theatrical productions of meaningful works—three contrasting 20th-century operas and the World Premiere of an opera from the 21st century.
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360-Degree Art Form: Rosetta Cucchi

Apr 14, 2017 5:05:41 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in BLO, #BLO40, #FigaroBLO, Rosetta Cucchi

Rosetta Cucchi Directs The Marriage of Figaro and Much More. She enjoys a strong advantage over most directors active in opera today – she reads music and understands it.
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Jane Eaglen’s Battle Cry: In It for the Music

Mar 1, 2017 3:01:13 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in BLO, #BLO40, HIGH FIVE, #RakesBLO

Jane Eaglen made her American debut with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in the Hatch Memorial Shell on July 3 and 4, 1992. The soprano had been singing professionally in her native Britain for eight years and stood on the cusp of what turned out to be a major international career.
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The Man about Town: David Cushing Sings in Rake and Figaro

Feb 25, 2017 10:28:56 AM
By Richard Dyer posted in BLO, #BLO40, HIGH FIVE, #RakesBLO

David Cushing: The man to talk to about in the second half of Boston Lyric Opera's 2016/17 Season. The New Hampshire-born bass-baritone is the only soloist who will appear in both of the remaining productions, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
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Mark Anthony Turnage Interview

Nov 15, 2016 4:39:57 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in #GreekBLO

The world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s first opera, Greek, took place on June 17, 1988 in Munich, Germany. The British composer had just turned 28, and his violent, visceral, in-your-face adaptation of the Oedipus myth propelled him into the forefront of composers of his generation.
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