12 May 2014

Opera Blog: “I Puritani”: Why we killed Arturo

Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (5/12/14). In BLO’s version of I Puritani, a vengeful Riccardo kills Arturo during the last scene as the two happy lovers, Elvira and Arturo, finally reconnect after many trials and tribulations. Arturo dies in Elvira’s arms, and we can only anticipate that the final blow of his death will […]

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2 May 2014

Opera Blog: A Conversation with Mary Ann Smart about “I puritani”

Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (5/1/14). BLO Dramaturg, Magda Romanska talks to Mary Ann Smart, Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley about I Puritani. Professor Smart is the author of the book, Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera, the editor of the critical edition of Donizetti’s last opera, Dom Sébastien, […]

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30 April 2014

Opera Blog: The Romantic Trope of a Madwoman in “I puritani”

Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (4/30/14). The portrayal of Elvira in I puritani follows the trope of the madwoman, which dominated the nineteenth-century European discourse on gender. Trapped in a man’s world, Victorian women often escaped into madness, which was viewed as the only permissible way for them to speak the truth and to […]

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25 April 2014

Opera Blog: “I puritani” Production History

Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (4/25/14). Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835) is known for three major operas: La Sonnambula (1831), Norma (1831), and I Puritani (The Puritans, 1835). I Puritani was Bellini’s last, and it was composed between 1834 and 1835 specifi cally for the Théâtre-Italien in Paris. During the time he was writing the opera, […]

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