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Behind the Scenes with the Burke & Hare CreatorsThe latest BLO Deconstructing Opera Salon: The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare took place on October 31, where guests joined us for a panel discussion, lunch and to observe a rehearsal. We welcomed the following panelists to discuss the creation of Burke & Hare:
From the first moment on, it’s clear that the pairing of Julian Grant, composer, and Mark Campbell, librettist, is no ordinary collaboration. During a winter conference phone call, in which the conversation ranged from their families and childhoods to favorite films to, most importantly, their upcoming World Premiere with Boston Lyric Opera—The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare—the two artists described an exciting and fruitful meeting of the minds that has grown into a partnership in the truest sense of the word. “We just have a lot of fun working together,” said Grant. “I’ve never really felt that it was work.”
You’ve read their official bios, but who are Julian Grant and Mark Campbell, really? Read on for some fun facts and tidbits about the composer and librettist of The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare.