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Behind the Scenes with the Burke & Hare Creators

Nov 2, 2017 10:54:03 AM
By BLO Staff

Behind the Scenes with the Burke & Hare Creators

The latest BLO Deconstructing Opera Salon: The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare took place on October 31, where guests joined us for a panel discussion, lunch and to observe a rehearsal.  We welcomed the following panelists to discuss the creation of Burke & Hare:

Not only is Halloween thrilling and scary – so is creating an opera!  Esther Nelson, BLO’s Stanford Calderwood General & Artist Director explained that in making a World Premiere, one must embrace risks.  “Art is about taking risks,” especially when there is so much pressure for art to be perfect. 

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So, how does one succeed in creating an opera?

Collaboration is somewhat new to the field – it’s no longer just the composer and librettist creating the opera.  The panelists unanimously agreed that you need a whole team. In Schweizer’s view, this is a golden moment in new works.

Campbell would agree that American opera is in its “Golden Age” and even proclaimed that BLO is at the head of it.  Burke & Hare is unique in that both the Stage Director and Conductor are being brought into the creation at a much earlier than they normally would be.  More so, Grant and Campbell welcomed their participation. IMG_9254-444327-edited.jpg

This team’s collaboration is telling, especially in the rehearsals, where Angus is able to ask Grant and Campbell exactly what they meant – something that can’t be done when conducting Mozart! 

 

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Topics: Boston Lyric Opera, new works, #BurkeBLO

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