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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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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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Dissenters & Rebels: VA, PENSIERO

Aug 6, 2018 10:55:35 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in verdi, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera

In celebration of our 2018/19 Season, take a tour through opera history to find 7 examples that upended societal expectations, charted their own course, and imagined the world anew. Installment #3 – we turn to the Risorgimento in Italy and the mythic status of an unforgettable Verdi anthem.
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