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Great Britten!

I thought that one up myself, but that probably won’t hold up in court—it’s no doubt been used before, and as puns go, it’s pretty bad. Yes, pun: there’s a Brittish…errr, a British composer named Benjamin Britten who has been … Continue reading

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I want to produce my own musical theatre show. What books does the library have about musical theatre?

Glad you asked that question! The library has a broad and diverse collection about theatre in general, so naturally we have helpful materials about musicals. Creating a stage production is challenging in its own right but adding song and dance … Continue reading

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I recently heard that a production by New York’s Metropolitan Opera generated protests, and I’d like to find out more about the opera. How can the library get me started?  

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has never been shy about programming controversial operas, but this season’s schedule–which includes Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an opera once labeled “pornographic”—set a new standard with its performances of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer. … Continue reading

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Chamber (of Horrors) Opera

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse: the Leanest, Creepiest Opera Ever In December 1900 the lighthouse supply ship Hesperus based in Stromness, Orkney, went on its routine tour of duty to the Flannan Isles light in the Outer Hebrides. The … Continue reading

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