Music by Poul Ruders
Libretto by Paul Bentley
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood
Sung in English with English surtitles

Performance time is approximately 3 hours, with one intermission.

TALKBACKS will be held immediately following the performances on May 8, May 10, and May 12.


SUN 5 | 3:00 PM
WED 8 | 7:30 PM
FRI 10 | 7:30 PM
SUN 12 | 3:00 PM

Please note due to the nature of this production, any patrons who arrive after the start of the show may not be able to access their ticketed seats and any patrons who get up during the performance will not be able to return to their original seat until after the intermission. Alternative seating will be provided.

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Bear witness to the story of Offred: one woman of many stripped of her name, identity, and personhood by a cruel and oppressive government regime. Offred desperately preserves her story, a simple act of defiance and resistance as dangerous as it is riveting. Margaret Atwood’s extraordinary, important novel—set in Boston and Cambridge—becomes one of BLO’s largest-ever productions, directed by theater icon Anne Bogart with a hypnotic, evocative score that bends the tenets of traditional opera and leaves audiences breathless.
First performances of a new edition by composer Poul Ruders, commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera
more on the main opera page

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