In the rich cultural landscape in Paris of the early 20th century, painters mingled with composers, sculptors, writers, and philosophers and collaborated on innovative projects that redefined artistic experience. Examine this cultural milieu through the musical innovations happening in Paris, especially on the operatic stage, by composers such as Satie, Ravel, Debussy, and Poulenc, as well as Matisse’s own relationship to music, reflected in works such as The Piano Lesson, his collaboration with Stravinsky, and the iconic painting, Dance. James Myers, coach and pianist, and artists from Boston Lyric Opera explore the nexus of music and art in Matisse’s world.

Boston Lyric Opera performers

Above: Henri Matisse, Acrobat, 1952. Ink on paper. Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Gifted in 1991. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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