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The Handmaid’s Aria: How An Iconic Novel Became An Opera

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 4:00 p.m.
WBUR CitySpace
890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

One day before the East Coast premiere of the opera, The Handmaid’s Tale, WBUR and Boston Lyric Opera bring author Margaret Atwood and composer Poul Ruders to CitySpace to discuss the galvanizing 1985 novel, its resurgence in contemporary culture, and its reimagining as a contemporary opera.

Maria Garcia, senior editor of The ARTery, will interview Atwood and Ruders about connections between her novel and his opera’s libretto by Paul Bentley. Recordings of the opera’s massive, haunting score will be played, along with piano and vocal selections that underscore the text.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 12 at 6:00 a.m.

Margaret Atwood

Poul Ruders

Maria Garcia
Senior Editor, WBUR’s The Artery