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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: LA MAUPIN

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

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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Dissenters & Rebels: HILDEGARD VON BINGEN

Aug 9, 2018 3:33:20 PM
By Lizabeth Malanga posted in Women in opera, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, Female composers

During the 12th Century, Hildegard von Bingen achieved great success as prioress and abbess, founding two convents in addition to being an author, composer, visionary, and prophet. She wrote the first non-liturgical musical drama, considered by many musicologists as one of the first operas.
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Dissenters & Rebels: JOAN OF ARC

Jul 24, 2018 12:47:05 PM
By Lizabeth Malanga posted in Women in opera, Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season

The DISSENTERS & REBELS of opera: Jeanne d'Arc, Patron Saint of France. She defied her social status, her gender, and held firm in her faith that she was selected by God to win a war for France.
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The Complexity and Humanity of Floria Tosca

Oct 17, 2017 3:33:45 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in Tosca, #ToscaBLO, 2017/18 Season, Women in opera

Even as Tosca faces personal danger, she imagines the world beyond her immediate circumstances and makes clear that she is a person of depth and substance.
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