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Dissenters & Rebels: FIGARO

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

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 opera singers, Women in opera, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season

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 Women in opera, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, 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 verdi, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, 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 Women in opera, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season

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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Dissenters & Rebels: LA BOHÈME

Jul 17, 2018 2:17:39 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in la boheme, Puccini, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season

Who are the Dissenters and Rebels of opera? In celebration of our 2018/19 Season, take a tour through opera history to find seven examples who upended societal expectations and inspired others to imagine the world anew. First up: poor artists living la vie bohème in 19th-century Paris.
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