BLO Book Club
Love a good story? Boston Lyric Opera invites you to join us in your favorite reading nook as we pair some of our favorite novels with each of this Season’s operas. From crazy love stories to epic journeys, we’ll explore the common threads that bring all these stories together – both on stage and on the page.
Join Boston Lyric Opera and Trident Café on
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM
for our spring club discussion of the Season.
We’ll explore two novels – The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Handmaid’s Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood – as well as discuss the stories told through our spring operas, The Rape of Lucretia and The Handmaid’s Tale.
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.
Past Book Club Events
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.