“Mad scenes” have intrigued opera composers from Handel to Britten, offering opportunity for compelling vocal virtuosity as well as drama. Nineteenth-century operatic roles such as Lucia and Elvira in I Puritani have become the most famous representatives of this genre. Featuring Karen MacDonald and BLO Artists, we will hear their extreme, often poignantly beautiful voices from both musical and literary sources as these women attempt to exist outside the apparently normal and rational boundaries of their own cultures. Click here to learn more about the BLO production.

Reception in Bravo restaurant with BLO presenters follows at 3pm. Additional ticket required ($50 per person). Attendees save 15% on tickets to BLO’s shows.

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