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Five Facts to Know about Gian Carlo Menotti and 'The Consul'

March 27, 2019

Set around an enigmatic consulate in Eastern Europe, Gian Carlo Menotti’s three-act opera The Consul constructs a gloomy world in which a family’s desperate attempt to flee totalitarian rule is met with an indifferent bureaucracy. Here are some interesting tidbits to know about both the opera and Menotti before seeing The Consul, running March 28 through March 31 as part of Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Center Stage collection.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee to Honor Tony Award–Winning Performer Sutton Foster at Commencement Ceremony

March 26, 2019 Tori Donahue

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Executive Director Cathy Young will present an honorary doctorate to Tony Award–winning actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster at Boston Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on May 11. She will deliver commencement remarks for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee class of 2019 at the ceremony.

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Today’s Refugee Crises Reverberate in Menotti’s Opera 'The Consul'

March 22, 2019 Madison Spahn

“You’re not one of our people. You’re not our concern.” These lines, from Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 opera, The Consul, echo current events from around the world, as asylum seekers are regularly denied refuge. The opera will be presented by Boston Conservatory at Berklee from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31 as part of the school’s Center Stage performance collection.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee Center Stage to Present Powerful Opera 'The Consul'

March 06, 2019 Tori Donahue

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Center Stage programming continues with a piece that rings true to today’s political environment, operatic masterpiece The Consul. The Pulitzer Prize–winning opera originally premiered at Philadelphia’s Schubert Theater before moving to Broadway in 1950, with music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti. Performances will take place at Boston Conservatory Theater from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee Presents 2019 New Music Festival

February 20, 2019 Madison Spahn

The 2019 New Music Festival, running February 21 through 26, features Boston Conservatory contemporary classical performance students and ensembles alongside world-class guest artists. Featuring works by Mario Davidovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Saunder Choi, Steve Reich, David Bowie, and multiple premieres of student compositions.

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Hydrogen Jukebox, running Feb 7-10

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Center Stage to Present American Opera 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

January 14, 2019 Tori Donahue

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Center Stage season will begin its spring semester of programming with the contemporary American opera Hydrogen Jukebox, composed by Philip Glass based on the writings of beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Performances will take place at the Boston Conservatory Theater from Thursday, February 7, through Sunday, February 10.
 

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Retuned: Boston Conservatory's Music Division Sets a New Tone for Classical Music Training

December 20, 2018 STAGES Magazine

Michael Shinn joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2017 at a remarkable time in the school’s history: it had just celebrated its 150-year anniversary; joined the larger Berklee organization; and enlisted the visionary Cathy Young as the school’s first-ever female leader. A year into the job, Shinn has set some impressive initiatives in motion, having had the time—and support—to evaluate the Music Division’s strengths and develop a strategy that reaches far beyond academic enhancements and opportunities.

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