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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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“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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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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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 living composers, new works, HIGH FIVE, world premiere, Identity, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO

Get to know the World Premiere opera, SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD by composer Tod Machover.
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The Factotums of the City: Rosina & Figaro

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

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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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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Meaningful Stories, Incredible Youth: BLO School Partnerships 2017/18

Jun 29, 2018 1:23:28 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Music Education, new works, opera for youth, Create your own opera, #ArtsEdBLO, Classroom Operas, Identity

With the close of the 2017-18 school year, we look back on an incredible year of school partnerships in communities across greater Boston.
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“The only true history of the times”: African American History Onstage

May 29, 2018 2:19:52 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in community engagement, FREE, Identity, African American Composers, Castle of our Skins

In "Crossing the Line to Freedom", opera and song bring the past to life, joining a long tradition of staged performances that dramatize the African American past. Black performing artists have long recognized that the stage is a vitally important platform for the telling of historical stories.
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Spotlight on: Composers Adolphus Hailstork, Nkeiru Okoye, and Anthony R. Green

May 23, 2018 11:39:26 AM
By Lucy Caplan posted in community engagement, FREE, living composers, Identity, African American Composers, Castle of our Skins

Get to know the final three composers featured in BLO's upcoming community concert series, Crossing the Line to Freedom, created in partnership with Castle of our Skins. In the spotlight this week: Adolphus Hailstork, Nkeiru Okoye, and Anthony R. Green!
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