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Boston Lyric Opera has a long history of creativity in transforming existing spaces for opera. The most unique example of this is our upcoming production of Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles. We are transforming the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink into an intimate cabaret space inspired by the Manhattan nightclubs of the 1950s. Set rendering below by Designer Paul Tate dePoo III: We asked our Production & Technical Director Anna B. Labykina how and why this space was chosen. She answers in our blog post: Opera in an Ice Rink? Check out the space before the transformation. And watch Tahiti cast members Neil Ferreira and Mara Bonde announce the venue on skates!
1952: All might have seemed well, even as the Korean War escalated. In February the US bombed North Korean hydro-electric plants. Truman continued as president but the beloved daddy-figure Eisenhower was elected in November. 1952 saw the opening of the first Holiday Inn, the firstMAD lo-cal soft drink, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken eatery, the first "Don't Walk" sign (in NYC naturally), the first Mad magazine, the first roll-on deodorant, and the first regularly scheduled jet flight (from London to Johannesburg).
Leonard Bernstein often complained that he never had enough time to compose the music he wanted to—he was always too busy—but the list of works he did complete is long, and nearly all of the best of it is vocal music. The range of musical styles he worked in is extraordinarily wide—he knew everything there is to know about the standard repertory and about thousands of other works—but the range of subjects he engaged with is comparatively narrow, and all of the subjects came out of his own life: love, family, and all the various ties that bind.