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Auden’s Search for Fulfillment: The Rake’s Progress

Mar 14, 2017 4:04:29 PM
By Brian Kellow posted in BLO, #BLO40, #RakesBLO, Auden

The inspired suggestion of Auden as librettist came from Stravinsky’s neighbor, Aldous Huxley. Auden had been an opera lover for years, a passion he shared with his devoted-yet-fickle lover Chester Kallman, whom Auden brought on as co-librettist.
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Neoclassicism: Order, Clarity, Balance, Economy

Mar 9, 2017 11:39:27 AM
By John Conklin posted in BLO, #BLO40, #RakesBLO, Stravinsky

Neoclassicism in music was an important and striking 20th-century trend…and Stravinsky has often been portrayed as its most eloquent proponent and The Rake’s Progress as its culmination.
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Spotlight on the BLO Production Department

Mar 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in BLO, #BLO40

The production department at an opera company is a crucial force behind each and every performance on stage, taking on the mammoth task of mounting the production and running it smoothly.
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Stravinsky Arrested in Boston for Desecration

Mar 7, 2017 10:57:38 AM
By John Conklin posted in BLO, #BLO40, #RakesBLO, Stravinsky

Boston Globe: Did the Star-Spangled Banner land Stravinsky in jail? An irresistible headline, a famous photograph…but it may all be just a kind of urban legend, “fake news” before its time. The real story is rather more complex and interesting.
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Stravinsky: A Chronological Portrait in 7 Photographs and 8 Bits of Music

Mar 3, 2017 11:00:51 AM
By John Conklin posted in BLO, #BLO40, #RakesBLO, Stravinsky

Stravinsky: A face of infinite variety and music of an almost unprecedented range of stylistic mastery.
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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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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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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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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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