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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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HIGH FIVE: Get to Know BARBER in 5 Minutes or Less

Oct 2, 2018 1:59:34 PM
By BLO Staff posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Rossini

Get to know Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in 5 minutes or less.
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You've Heard the Hype, Now Meet the #HypeTeam

Oct 1, 2018 3:56:30 PM
By BLO Staff posted in BLO, #BLO40, #livetweeting, #BarberBLO, #BLOHypeTeam

These digital influencers brought our opera hashtags to TRENDING status each of the three times they've convened. They're hilarious, fun, and twitter-powerful. #BarberBLO
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BLO Education: Summer Recap

Sep 17, 2018 9:45:13 AM
By Rebecca Ann S. Kirk posted in #ArtsEdBLO, Music Education, opera for youth, Create your own opera, Summertime, community engagement, school partnerships

As a new school year begins, we reflect on a summer of singing with youth and teachers across Boston. Through new and existing partnerships, BLO Teaching Artists immerse students and teachers into the world of creating an opera.
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Dissenters & Rebels: FIGARO

Sep 10, 2018 11:30:22 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in Politics and Opera, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Mozart, Rossini, figaro, #BarberBLO

It may be impossible to talk about revolutions and opera without circling back to that iconic, endearing, clever barber, Figaro—an archetypal character who has transcended genres, charmed generations, and helped inspire a revolution.
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Dissenters & Rebels: MARIAN ANDERSON

Aug 24, 2018 9:41:57 AM
By Lizabeth Malanga posted in Politics and Opera, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Identity, Women in opera, opera singers

Contralto Marian Anderson was thrust into the public spotlight after a controversial rejection from one of the nation’s prominent concert houses. She went on to make a landmark debut as the first black singer at the Metropolitan Opera and helped spark further action in the Civil Rights Movement.
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Dissenters & Rebels: LA MAUPIN

Aug 14, 2018 1:50:52 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, opera singers

Julie d’Aubigny led an incredible life full of adventure and defied expectations for “ladylike” behavior. She carried on public love affairs with both men and women; often dressed in men’s clothing; was once sentenced to death; and achieved acclaim on the leading operatic stages of Paris and beyond.
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Dissenters & Rebels: HILDEGARD VON BINGEN

Aug 9, 2018 3:33:20 PM
By Lizabeth Malanga posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, Female composers

During the 12th Century, Hildegard von Bingen achieved great success as prioress and abbess, founding two convents in addition to being an author, composer, visionary, and prophet. She wrote the first non-liturgical musical drama, considered by many musicologists as one of the first operas.
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Dissenters & Rebels: VA, PENSIERO

Aug 6, 2018 10:55:35 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, verdi, Politics and Opera

In celebration of our 2018/19 Season, take a tour through opera history to find 7 examples that upended societal expectations, charted their own course, and imagined the world anew. Installment #3 – we turn to the Risorgimento in Italy and the mythic status of an unforgettable Verdi anthem.
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Dissenters & Rebels: JOAN OF ARC

Jul 24, 2018 12:47:05 PM
By Lizabeth Malanga posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera

The DISSENTERS & REBELS of opera: Jeanne d'Arc, Patron Saint of France. She defied her social status, her gender, and held firm in her faith that she was selected by God to win a war for France.
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