In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

HIGH FIVE: Get to Know The Rake's Progress in 5 Minutes or Less

Feb 21, 2017 4:08:32 PM
By BLO Staff posted in BLO, #BLO40, HIGH FIVE, #RakesBLO

What's is The Rake's Progress about? Everything you need to know: Super Short Synopsis. The Inspiration. An Opera... About Opera? The Boston Lyric Opera Production. Fun Facts
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The Art that Inspired 'The Rake's Progress'

Jan 20, 2017 2:58:52 PM
By BLO Staff posted in #RakesBLO, Stravinsky, Hogarth

In 1947, Stravinsky visited the Art Institute of Chicago and viewed a series of engravings by the 18th-century artist William Hogarth, entitled A Rake’s Progress. These eight scenes, which traced the descent of Tom Rakewell from respectability to debauchery to madness, struck him immediately with their dramatic potential—and thus, the seed was planted for what became his neo-classical operatic triumph, The Rake’s Progress.
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Boston's Year of Opera in 2016

Dec 27, 2016 12:23:52 PM
By BLO Staff posted in BLO, Boston, opera, Boston Opera Alliance, Boston Opera Calendar

To celebrate year of fantastic opera in Boston, the Boston Opera Alliance has compiled a list of some of our favorite 2016 productions.
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Meet one of our Emerging Artists!

Nov 22, 2016 11:57:57 AM
By BLO Staff posted in Emerging Artists, giving

Featuring Simon Dyer. Our Emerging Artists do so much – not just within BLO but throughout the opera community. BLO helps to make this possible by providing staff time and mentorship in addition to employing Emerging Artists to perform in our community programs as well as our performances.
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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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HIGH NOTES: A little light Oedipus entertainment

Nov 15, 2016 5:15:38 PM
By John Conklin posted in BLO, #BLO40, #GreekBLO

Perhaps we could all use some diversion from the agonies of Eddy and Oedipus! Tom Lehrer has one of the most remarkable biographies I have come across recently. Check him out: Tom Lehrer. Long associated with Boston, Harvard, and MIT both as scholar and as an ultra-smart satirist, he here memorably sums up the eternal Oedipal dilemma.
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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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HIGH NOTES: Dryden, Furies, Oedipus—and the power of music

Nov 14, 2016 2:22:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in BLO, #BLO40, #GreekBLO

John Dryden’s reworking of Sophocles, entitled Oedipus, was one of the most performed plays of English Restoration drama, full of relish in the descriptions of the story’s more violent and bloodthirsty elements that appealed mightily to the public. In 1692 Purcell set parts of it to music, including “Music for a While,” one of his most familiar and striking works…however incongruous it seems in its restraint and calmness compared with the tumultuous drama of the narrative.
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The Turmoil of Thatcher’s London

Nov 14, 2016 9:50:24 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in BLO, #GreekBLO, Thatcherism

Greek, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 1988 operatic setting of the Oedipus story, is set in the gritty, seething political turmoil of 1980s London: the era of Thatcherism, of extreme political and social changes, and of artistic and cultural revolt. The prosperity and triumph of capitalism that marked Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister from 1979-1990 were not without cost or controversy—especially in the arts.
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HIGH NOTES: More trips down Oedipus lane

Nov 4, 2016 12:39:15 PM
By John Conklin posted in BLO, #BLO40, #GreekBLO

BLO is moving into high gear with its upcoming production of Greek, by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Night Journey is a 1947 Martha Graham ballet performed to a harsh, dramatic score by William Schuman, with costumes by Graham and sets by her longtime collaborator, the sculptor Isamu Noguchi. She noted that “the action takes place in Jocasta’s heart at the instant when she recognizes the ultimate terms of her destiny.”
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