BLO Book Club
Love a good story? This past season, Boston Lyric Opera paired some of our favorite novels with each of the 2018/19 Season operas, from crazy love stories to epic journeys. Stay tuned for updates for next season’s must reads!
Past Book Club Events
What if women suddenly gained a new, extraordinary physical power? One that gives them not just the power to defend themselves, but also complete physical dominance over men? Naomi Alderman explores this idea in her thrilling dystopian novel The Power, an exploration of male and female dynamics, and the many possibilities when the balance is shifted. Paired with The Rape of Lucretia, this story provides an alternate reality to imagine how Lucretia’s circumstances might (or might not) have changed.
The Handmaid’s Tale: A Novel
The iconic novel on which the opera The Handmaid’s Tale is based, Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian tale tells the story of Offred, a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, formerly known as the United States. This gripping work of speculative fiction remains as poignant and timely today as when it was written more than thirty years ago. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for your experience of this rarely staged opera.
Crazy Rich Asians
A cultural phenomenon and now a major motion picture, at its heart Crazy Rich Asians is the story of a love that crosses social class and transcends obstacles. Rachel Chu, an economics professor, falls for Nick Young, who – unbeknownst to her – is the heir apparent to one of Singapore’s richest families. Parallels to The Barber of Seville abound in this comedy that also pulls on the heartstrings.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay traces the lives of two young, Jewish men in New York City before, during and after World War II. Talented artists, they break into the burgeoning world of comic books and use art as a vehicle to respond to the atrocities of Hitler’s Europe – much as Arnold Schoenberg in Schoenberg in Hollywood finds himself a refugee in California, confronting his identity as an artist and grappling with how his music can change the world.