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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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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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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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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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GAZES: Schoenberg the Artist

Nov 1, 2018 10:20:15 AM
By John Conklin posted in Art, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #HollywoodBLO, Schoenberg

Schoenberg seriously considered a career as a painter. This aspect of a protean talent (he was also a renowned teacher, critic, and an important writer on music theory) opens new and revelatory insights into the complexities of this iconic creator.
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The Finest Opera Buffa in Existence: Rossini's Sparkling Barber of Seville

Oct 18, 2018 10:25:30 AM
By Richard Dyer posted in Rossini, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #BarberBLO

In January, 1816, Rossini was up against a wall, and the person who put him there was himself. At the end of 1815, the composer was in Rome and the director of Rome’s Teatro Argentina asked him on short notice to compose a new opera for February: the opera that would become The Barber of Seville.
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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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Vocal Acrobatics & Musical Wit: A History of The Barber of Seville

Oct 5, 2018 9:46:21 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in Rossini, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #BarberBLO

BARBER’s story celebrates the lower classes, democratizing opera through sophisticated showpieces for scheming servants and deceptive suitors. Composers, librettists, actors, and singers could mock the complex love intrigues of the upper class and lay bare the social injustices of their time.
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HIGH FIVE: Get to Know BARBER in 5 Minutes or Less

Oct 2, 2018 1:59:34 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Rossini, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #BarberBLO

Get to know Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in 5 minutes or less.
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Dissenters & Rebels: FIGARO

Sep 10, 2018 11:30:22 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in Mozart, figaro, Rossini, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, #BarberBLO

It may be impossible to talk about revolutions and opera without circling back to that iconic, endearing, clever barber, Figaro—an archetypal character who has transcended genres, charmed generations, and helped inspire a revolution.
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