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Lobby Installation: The Rape of Lucretia

Mar 15, 2019 10:04:00 AM
By BLO Staff posted in Art, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia

Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Rape of Lucretia includes a unique lobby installation--fragments of Lucretia’s story are deconstructed elements from canonical Old Masters paintings, reminding the audience that stories are manipulated by arrangement, interpretation, emphasis, and absence.
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Director's Note: Who was Lucretia and why does her story still matter to us?

Mar 14, 2019 4:04:00 PM
By Sarna Lapine posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The rape of Lucretia is a narrative rooted in historical fact: the tale of a Roman matron’s rape and subsequent suicide has lived on in the Western imagination for 2,500 years. What did the story mean to Benjamin Britten, when he created it in the 1940s? What does it mean to us today as we view it?
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Conductor David Angus on Britten, LUCRETIA, and a Career in Opera

Mar 14, 2019 1:26:47 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in david angus, Conductors, Conducting, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Lucretia, profile

As a young man Angus studied piano and conducting, setting his sights on a career in the orchestral repertory. But early experiences changed his course--and brought him into the world of opera.
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Benjamin Britten in Rome: The Rape of Lucretia

Mar 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Shakespeare, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The Rape of Lucretia, begun during the last years of World War II, marks a decisive break with the grand opera tradition. It is the most transparent and tension-filled of Britten’s mid-century works, combining his beautiful melodic writing with dramatic pungency and colorful tone painting.
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Who is Lucretia? The Personal is Political

Mar 4, 2019 10:51:07 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

Lucretia is a creation of allegory, history and myth entwined, one that can help us understand on one level, the founding of the ancient Roman Republic; on another, the inherent tension between honor, patriarchy, and tyranny; and on still another, the nature of power itself.
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The Legend of Lucretia: Exploring an Archetype

Mar 1, 2019 11:34:49 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Shakespeare, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The complex ambiguities and the disturbing moral and psychological interpretations that lie below the surface in the story of Lucretia have long fascinated writers, painters, composers, and philosophers.
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Quickstart: The Rape of Lucretia

Feb 25, 2019 1:00:04 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

Learn all about the new BLO production of THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA through this quickstart guide.
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