http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/4426/bravo-brava-gender-opera-and-marriage-figaro Boston Athenaeum
10 1/2 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
$20 - 30
Lectures & Conferences, Music
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 genderbending on the operatic stage, illustrated through musical examples performed by Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) 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.
To register for the event: visit bostonathenaeum.org or BLO.org. Please note registration
does not begin until 4 weeks prior to the event. For additional event information: call
617.542.6772 or email [email protected].