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A Daring Mezzo: Daniela Mack Brings ROSINA to Boston

Oct 17, 2018 2:53:40 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in #BarberBLO, 2018/19 Season, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, opera singers

“Rosina is an old friend, but she never gets boring,” says mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack. “To sing the same part all the time would get boring if nothing ever changed, but each new production, each new director, each new concept makes everything different.”
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Dissenters & Rebels: MARIAN ANDERSON

Aug 24, 2018 9:41:57 AM
By Lizabeth Malanga posted in Politics and Opera, 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Identity, Women in opera, opera singers

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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Dissenters & Rebels: LA MAUPIN

Aug 14, 2018 1:50:52 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in 2018/19 Season, Opera history, Dissenters & Rebels, Women in opera, opera singers

Julie d’Aubigny led an incredible life full of adventure and defied expectations for “ladylike” behavior. She carried on public love affairs with both men and women; often dressed in men’s clothing; was once sentenced to death; and achieved acclaim on the leading operatic stages of Paris and beyond.
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Catching up with Claude Heater: Original Trio Member in Trouble in Tahiti

May 15, 2018 12:35:36 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in 1950s, Leonard Bernstein, #tahitiBLO, 2017/18 Season, opera singers

As far as Google can tell, Claude Heater is the only living member of the original cast of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Back in 1952, Heater was the baritone in the vocal trio. Today, Heater is 90 and has lively memories of Bernstein and of many other figures in his long and vigorous life.
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BLO Explores Jenny Lind: 1978 and Today

Feb 7, 2018 3:58:41 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Signature Series, opera singers, mfa, Museum of Fine Arts

The upcoming event at the MFA is not the first time that Jenny Lind has been the center of a BLO event: she was the central character of BLO's March of 1978 gala.
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Exploitation and Entertainment: The Legacy of P. T. Barnum

Feb 2, 2018 4:22:17 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in Signature Series, Museum of Fine Arts, mfa, opera singers

The story of P.T. Barnum's success is also the story of the exploitation of others.
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Finding Your Voice

Dec 4, 2017 12:33:42 PM
By Hannah Fan posted in 2017/18 Season, Cartoons, General Opera, Student Posts, Wagner, opera singers, singers

We all know the image that pops into the head of an average person when they hear “opera”--a fat lady with a horned helmet! Why is this stereotype everywhere?
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Remembering Robert Honeysucker

Oct 12, 2017 12:04:44 PM
By BLO Staff posted in In Memoriam, Robert Honeysucker, opera singers, BLO, BLO history

Remembering Robert Honeysucker, baritone, through photos from the BLO archives.
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The Opera Singer's Gift

Aug 29, 2016 10:05:54 AM
By Eric Ritter posted in #40DaysofOpera, opera, opera singers

Have you been to the opera and thought how magnificent it would be to be up on that stage yourself? To hold thousands of souls in rapture with the sound of your own voice? Blog post by BLO intern, Eric Ritter.
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