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One of the visionaries of our Spring 2018 productions is rising star, James Darrah, who will be directing The Threepenny Opera. Darrah is a Los Angeles based director and designer, known for his creative and unconventional bodies of work that "inject real drama" (New York Times) into new theater and opera productions, video and film installations, and events that become "once-in-a-lifetime experience[s]" (Opera News). Darrah, who will make his Boston professional debut with this production, became an avid Kurt Weill fan in college.
You may have noticed that the famous historical diva, Jenny Lind, has been getting a lot of press lately! Known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” she toured extensively in the 19th century under the management of P.T. Barnum, who capitalized on her beautiful voice and lovely appearance. As part of BLO’s Signature Series, Artistic Advisor John Conklin will explore Jenny Lind and P.T. Barnum, along with a third titan of American culture in the 19th century, Walt Whitman. Part performance, part dramatic reading, and wholly original, Conklin’s programs find often-unexpected connections between art forms and create unique and enlightening artistic experiences.
In 2018, a century and a half after the heyday of his career, P. T. Barnum is having a moment.... For opera fans, the movie’s focus on the nineteenth-century superstar soprano Jenny Lind is especially exciting; it’s not often that we get to see an opera singer do double duty as a movie star. And as readers of this blog may know, on February 11, BLO will present a Signature Series event about Barnum, Lind, and their contemporary, the poet Walt Whitman – three of the most important figures in nineteenth-century American culture.