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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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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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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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Confronting Sexual Violence Onstage: The Rape of Lucretia and The Handmaid's Tale

Mar 8, 2019 11:57:28 AM
By Lucy Caplan posted in Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, Politics and Opera, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

While there is no one way to respond to the personal experience of watching an artistic portrayal of sexual violence, the pervasiveness of such scenes in opera raises broader questions. What does it mean to portray sexual violence on the operatic stage, especially in LUCRETIA and HANDMAID'S TALE?
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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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