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Modern Opera, Contemporary Creators: Sitting Down with Composer Poul Ruders

May 12, 2019 11:58:00 AM
By Richard Dyer posted in living composers, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, profile, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Feminism, Contemporary Creators

Now about to turn 70, Poul Ruders has created an immense catalogue of music, diverse, distinctive, and distinguished.
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Director's Notes on The Handmaid's Tale

May 11, 2019 9:45:00 AM
By Anne Bogart posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, Stage Directors, Sexual violence in Opera, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Religion, Feminism

Imagine living in a world that tells you what to wear, where to live, what your position and value to society is and how to procreate. What would happen if choice was taken away from you?
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Opera in the Golden Age of the Feminist Dystopia

May 10, 2019 10:34:46 AM
By Lucy Caplan posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, Sexual violence in Opera, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Feminism

Why are there so many feminist dystopias in fiction and so few in opera? Can The Handmaid’s Tale, as both an opera and the foremother of the genre, bridge this gap?
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