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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 Walk Through The Handmaid's Tale

May 3, 2019 2:42:49 PM
By Rachel Greenhaus posted in Dissenters & Rebels, #handmaidsBLO, The Handmaid's Tale

Rachel Greenhaus took BLO on a walking tour of iconic locations from Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale prior to the opening of Poul Ruders' opera
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Intense Drama: Longtime friends Caroline Worra and Maria Zifchak on their challenging HANDMAID'S TALE roles

Apr 29, 2019 3:59:45 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in opera singers, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #handmaidsBLO, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Caroline Worra and Maria Zifchak met in 1998 at San Francisco Opera's Merola Program. But they have never been onstage together since until BLO's THE HANDMAID'S TALE.
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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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Lobby Installation: The Rape of Lucretia

Mar 15, 2019 10:04:00 AM
By BLO Staff posted in Art, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia

Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Rape of Lucretia includes a unique lobby installation--fragments of Lucretia’s story are deconstructed elements from canonical Old Masters paintings, reminding the audience that stories are manipulated by arrangement, interpretation, emphasis, and absence.
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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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Conductor David Angus on Britten, LUCRETIA, and a Career in Opera

Mar 14, 2019 1:26:47 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in david angus, Conductors, Conducting, Dissenters & Rebels, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Lucretia, profile

As a young man Angus studied piano and conducting, setting his sights on a career in the orchestral repertory. But early experiences changed his course--and brought him into the world of opera.
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