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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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Modern Opera, Contemporary Creators: Sitting Down with Actor, Writer & Librettist Paul Bentley

May 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM
By Richard Dyer posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Contemporary Creators

Paul Bentley is the very model of a modern multi-purpose man: an actor, author, singer, historian and opera-lover; he wrote the libretto for THE HANDMAID'S TALE.
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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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THEN AND NOW: How the Landscape has Changed since 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale

May 7, 2019 11:29:30 AM
By Sarah Zimmer posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, Sexual violence in Opera, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Religion

What does it mean to be presenting an operatic version of The Handmaid’s Tale in 2019? How will it resonate differently with audiences than the book did in 1985?
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Intense Drama: Longtime friends Caroline Worra and Maria Zifchak on their challenging HANDMAID'S TALE roles

Apr 29, 2019 3:59:45 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in opera singers, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Caroline Worra and Maria Zifchak met in 1998 at San Francisco Opera's Merola Program. But they have never been onstage together since until BLO's THE HANDMAID'S TALE.
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Connections: Harvard, Puritanism, and The Handmaid's Tale

Apr 18, 2019 5:05:00 PM
By BLO Staff posted in 2018/19 Season, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Religion

BLO's new production of The Handmaid's Tale is a rare opportunity to see an opera in the physical location in which it is set.
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A Deep Dive into Poul Ruders' THE HANDMAID'S TALE: Part II

Mar 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in living composers, living librettists, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Musicologist and writer Laura Stanfield Prichard takes a deep dive into The Handmaid's Tale by Poul Ruders, in Part Two of this two-part series.
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A Deep Dive into Poul Ruders' THE HANDMAID'S TALE: Part I

Mar 29, 2019 2:37:03 PM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, Sexual violence in Opera, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Musicologist and writer Laura Stanfield Prichard takes a deep dive into The Handmaid's Tale by Poul Ruders, in Part One of this two-part series.
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Quickstart: The Handmaid's Tale

Mar 25, 2019 2:22:17 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, Stage Directors, Sexual violence in Opera, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Everythng you need to know about Boston Lyric Opera's new production of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, by composer Poul Ruders, librettist Paul Bentley, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.
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