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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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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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