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The Legend of Lucretia: Exploring an Archetype

Mar 1, 2019 11:34:49 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Shakespeare, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The complex ambiguities and the disturbing moral and psychological interpretations that lie below the surface in the story of Lucretia have long fascinated writers, painters, composers, and philosophers.
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Quickstart: The Rape of Lucretia

Feb 25, 2019 1:00:04 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

Learn all about the new BLO production of THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA through this quickstart guide.
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Subscriber Spotlight

Feb 8, 2019 3:08:10 PM
By BLO Staff posted in profile, bio, Subscriber Appreciation, Subscribers

Throughout the month of February we will be turning the spotlight on to our Subscribers! Meet some of our biggest fans, learn about their experience with BLO, and discover why they love opera.
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Singing into 2019

Dec 26, 2018 10:25:42 AM
By BLO Staff posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Classroom Operas, #tahitiBLO, Castle of our Skins, 2018/19 Season, #BarberBLO, #HollywoodBLO, Year in Review

As we sing into the New Year, we look back at some of our favorite BLO memories of 2018.
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Student Reactions to the Opera- & Film-Infused SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD

Nov 21, 2018 11:45:49 AM
By BLO Staff posted in Student Night at the Opera, #ArtsEdBLO, Identity, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, school partnerships, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

BLO welcomed dozens of students to the Final Dress Rehearsal of SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD, the World Premiere composed by Tod Machover. A unique fusion of opera, theater, film, and electronics, this opera illuminates the iconic 20th-century composer Arnold Schoenberg at a crossroads in his life. Here's what our student audience had to say.
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Schoenberg in...Hollywood?

Nov 15, 2018 11:42:59 AM
By Joseph Auner posted in living composers, living librettists, world premiere, Identity, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

The title of Tod Machover’s new opera, Schoenberg in Hollywood, will likely be reframed as a question by many audience members, e.g. “Schoenberg in Hollywood?” What could the inventor of the musical revolutions of atonality and twelve-tone music possibly have to do with Hollywood?
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Composer's Note: Tod Machover on Schoenberg in Hollywood

Nov 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM
By Tod Machover posted in living composers, new works, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

Tod Machover, the composer behind Schoenberg in Hollywood, wrote this fascinating and insightful note for the program book of the opera's World Premiere production with Boston Lyric Opera. Read on to learn more about Machover's inspiration, process, and the personal meaning behind this new work.
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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 Identity, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg, 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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GAZES: Schoenberg the Artist

Nov 1, 2018 10:20:15 AM
By John Conklin posted in Art, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

Schoenberg seriously considered a career as a painter. This aspect of a protean talent (he was also a renowned teacher, critic, and an important writer on music theory) opens new and revelatory insights into the complexities of this iconic creator.
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DRIVEN INTO THE PARADISE: Arnold Schoenberg and the Exile Experience

Oct 26, 2018 4:13:38 PM
By Harlow Robinson posted in new works, world premiere, Identity, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

Schoenberg juggled multiple national and religious identities during his long creative life: Austrian, German, Jewish, Protestant, American. Through all these dizzying dislocations and re-identifications, however, Schoenberg retained his single most important identity: as a composer.
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