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 Mass Opera’s Production Of “Die Fledermaus” Is The Life Of The Party

She begins the opera as an uptight TV star concerned with looking perfect, annoyed with her husband for messing with her image. As Orlofsky’s party unfolds, she enters as the mysterious belle of the ball, determined to catch her husband red handed in his infidelity. Ultimately, she engages in a high-energy argument with Einstein resulting in her commitment to being more present rather than so concerned with her image.  

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Reinforcing Patriarchal Systems Of Power In BOC’s “‘Modern’ Don Giovanni”

The opera takes place mostly at Don Giovanni’s photography studio in upscale SOHO New York City. Two projector screens on either side of the stage, surrounded by translucent photography umbrellas, set the scene with pictures of the setting – from the warehouse windows of the studio to the dimly lit alleys of the city.

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Betraying Kane, the Musical: “4.48 Psychosis” Venables’ Operatic Version

Venables deploys Kane’s disjoined sympathies beautifully in his operatic version. The haunting, melodic refrain that is repeated throughout the production does, at times, descend, bizarrely, to sound exactly like elevator music; the jarring sound effects deployed throughout the production assure there is no peace to sustain.

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