The Handmaid’s Tale to be staged at Boston Lyric Opera in 2018/19 Season

The Handmaid’s Tale to be staged at Boston Lyric Opera in 2018/19 Season
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In May 2019, the Boston Lyric Opera will stage a new production of Poul Ruders’ dystopian 2000 opera The Handmaid's Tale based on Margaret Atwood’s disturbing novel. The production is directed by Anne Bogart and features a BLO-commissioned re-orchestration by Poul Ruders, including revisions of the opening and closing scenes.

The Handmaid's Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a bible based dictatorship ruled by right-wing Christian fundamentalists. In this highly patriarchal society, women are bereft their rights and placed into a rigid class system. Women who are fertile and live in “sin” or second marriages, are forcibly separated from their families and sent to indoctrination centres lead by “Aunts”. Here women are given the status as “Handmaids”, and sent off to selected childless households in order to get ritually impregnated.
Dates: May 3-11, 2019
Venue: To be announced

Music: Poul Ruders
Libretto: Paul Bentley

Conductor: David Angus
Stage Director: Anne Bogart

Cast:
Offred: Jennifer Johnson Cano
Aunt Lydia: Caroline Worra
Serena Joy: Maria Zifchak
Doctor: Matthew DiBattista
Commander: David Cushing
Ofglen: Michelle Trainor

together with:

Jesse Darden | Kathryn Skemp | Chelsea Basler | Felicia Gavilanes | Vera Savage | Lynn Torgove | Omar Najmi

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