Bravo! Brava!: Gender, Opera, and The Marriage of Figaro
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 6:30pm
The Signature Series in partnership with the Boston Athenæum
Tickets: $20 BLO subscribers and Athenæum members | $30 general public
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The opera stage is a place of play and possibility, especially when it comes to the rules of gender. Women often portray men—or even depict men pretending to be women—delighting audiences with inversions and transformations that titillate, amuse, and often illuminate greater truths. Dr. Laurence Senelick—professor, actor, director, and author of the leading study of stage cross-dressing—delves into the rich tradition of gender-bending on the operatic stage, illustrated through musical examples performed by Boston Lyric Opera artists. With a central focus on the hilarious and poignant Cherubino scene in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, which opens at BLO this April, this evening event surveys the men and women of the operatic stage from the 18th century through the 20th—in all states of dress.
About the Presenter:
Laurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University. He has been named a Distinguished Scholar by both the American Society of Theatre Research and the Faculty Research Awards Council of Tufts University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin. Senelick is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre (Routledge). At Tufts, he has also directed his own translations of The Inspector General, The Bakkhai, and Anything to Declare?
2016/17 Signature Series Sponsors:
Linda Cabot Black
Gerard and Sherryl Cohen
A 1779 Playbill by John Colley of an actress dressing in breeches