Bravo! Brava! Gender, Opera, and "The Marriage of Figaro"
Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston
Wed., Mar. 29, 2017, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
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.
Gazette Classification: Art/Design, Concerts, Music, Opera, Poetry/Prose, Theater
Organization/Sponsor: Boston Lyric Opera
Directed By: Rosetta Cucchi
Cost: $20 BLO and Athenæum members | $30 nonmembers
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