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Who are the Dissenters and Rebels of opera? In celebration of our 2018/19 Season, we took a tour through opera history to find seven examples of individuals who upended societal expectations, charted their own course, or inspired others to imagine the world anew. To kick off our Dissenters & Rebels Series, we turn first to the story of poor artists living and loving in 19th-century Paris.
With the close of the 2017-18 school year, we look back on an incredible year of school partnerships in communities across greater Boston. It is a joy and a privilege to work with teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, and parents to bring the power of opera and theatre to students and to help them tell stories that are important and meaningful to them.
Crossing the Line joins a long tradition of staged performances that dramatize the African American past. Black performing artists have long recognized that the stage is a vitally important platform for the telling of historical stories. As the African American theater critic Lester Walton wrote in 1903, “The stage is the medium by means of which ideas – whether true or false – are disseminated; where many opinions are molded…. The stage will be one of the principal factors in ultimately placing the negro before the public in his true and proper light.”