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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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Spotlight on: Composers Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, and Dorothy Rudd Moore

May 17, 2018 11:47:05 AM
By Lucy Caplan posted in community engagement, FREE, living composers, Identity, African American Composers, Castle of our Skins

Get to know 3 of the composers featured in BLO's upcoming community concert series "Crossing the Line to Freedom," created in partnership with Castle of our Skins. This week: Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, and Dorothy Rudd Moore--three incredible women with equally powerful stories to share!
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“Trouble in Tahiti" Indeed

May 10, 2018 1:15:33 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in Film, 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s, Identity

As BLO has been rehearsing and preparing Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, we have been getting a lot of feedback, both internally from our staff and artists and externally from our community members, about the pivotal scene that gives the opera its name.
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