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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 Schoenberg, #HollywoodBLO, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, living composers, new works

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 Schoenberg, #HollywoodBLO, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, Identity, 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 Schoenberg, #HollywoodBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Art

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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HIGH FIVE: Get to Know SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD in 5 Minutes or Less

Oct 23, 2018 9:06:00 AM
By BLO Staff posted in #HollywoodBLO, world premiere, Identity, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, living composers, new works, HIGH FIVE

Get to know the World Premiere opera, SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD by composer Tod Machover.
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The Finest Opera Buffa in Existence: Rossini's Sparkling Barber of Seville

Oct 18, 2018 10:25:30 AM
By Richard Dyer posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Rossini

In January, 1816, Rossini was up against a wall, and the person who put him there was himself. At the end of 1815, the composer was in Rome and the director of Rome’s Teatro Argentina asked him on short notice to compose a new opera for February: the opera that would become The Barber of Seville.
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A Daring Mezzo: Daniela Mack Brings ROSINA to Boston

Oct 17, 2018 2:53:40 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, opera singers

“Rosina is an old friend, but she never gets boring,” says mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack. “To sing the same part all the time would get boring if nothing ever changed, but each new production, each new director, each new concept makes everything different.”
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The Factotums of the City: Rosina & Figaro

Oct 10, 2018 4:50:38 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Identity, Women in opera

Strolling through the streets of the city as he flits about from house to house and job to job, Figaro enjoys a freewheeling lifestyle limited only by his own imagination. The circumstances of Rosina, the opera’s principal female character, could hardly be more different.
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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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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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