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Making of an Opera

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The Rake's Progress came together!
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In The Wings: Backstage glimpses with <em>Boston Lyric Opera

In The Wings:
Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

HIGH NOTES: Dryden, Furies, Oedipus—and the power of music

John Dryden’s reworking of Sophocles, entitled Oedipus, was one of the most performed plays of English Restoration drama, full of relish in the descriptions of the story’s more violent and bloodthirsty elements that appealed mightily to the public...

By | November 14th, 2016|

The Turmoil of Thatcher’s London

Greek, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 1988 operatic setting of the Oedipus story, is set in the gritty, seething political turmoil of 1980s London: the era of Thatcherism, of extreme political and social changes, and of artistic and cultural revolt. The prosperity and triumph of capitalism that marked Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister from 1979-1990 were not without cost or controversy—especially in the arts.

By | November 14th, 2016|

HIGH NOTES: More trips down Oedipus lane

Night Journey is a 1947 Martha Graham ballet performed to a harsh, dramatic score by William Schuman, with costumes by Graham and sets by her longtime collaborator, the sculptor Isamu Noguchi. She noted that “the action takes place in Jocasta’s heart at the instant when she recognizes the ultimate terms of her destiny.” Commissioned by the philanthropist Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, Night Journey had its premiere (oddly) at Cambridge High School outside Boston.

By | November 4th, 2016|