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SOLD OUT: Recreating Maxim’s: A Waltz through The Merry Widow in partnership with Boston Lyric Opera’s Signature Series

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

This event is SOLD OUT. You are welcome to register on our wait list.

Reception to follow

The Merry WidowRecreating Maxim’s: A Waltz through The Merry Widow

In partnership with Boston Lyric Opera’s Signature Series

The legendary nightclub Maxim’s comes alive in this salon-like event exploring the intersection of dance and operetta in Lehár’s The Merry Widow.Learn about the historical influences of dance in opera and operetta from Laurence Senelick, listen to Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) artists perform tuneful selections, hear from BLO’s choreographer Kyle Lang on his perspective and influences, and even learn a few steps from the famous “Merry Widow Waltz.”

Laurence Senelick is the Director of Graduate Studies, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University. He has been named a Distinguished Scholar by both the American Society of Theatre Research and the Faculty Research Awards Council of Tufts University. He is a former Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin. Senelick is the author or editor of more than ​25 books. Most recently, he co-edited Soviet Theatre: A Documentary History; Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters. He is a widely-produced translator of plays from such authors as Chekhov and Feydeau. At Tufts, he has also directed his own translations of The Inspector General, The Bakkhai, and Anything to Declare?

Kyle Lang is a director and choreographer based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. His directing credits include work with companies such as Central City Opera, Opera Fayetteville, and Tulsa Opera, and he has choreographed productions for Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Virginia Opera, and more.

Boston Lyric Opera celebrates the art of the voice through its mission of building curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources for the Boston community and beyond. Since its founding in 1976, the company has staged world premieres, U.S. premieres, co-productions, and co-commissions of note with organizations such as The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and the Scottish Opera, and it continues to be a destination for some of the leading artists, conductors, directors, and designers from around the world.

Interested in the history of the Boston theater scene? Make an appointment to explore programs and playbills from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Boston Athenæum Theater Collection, including the program from a November 1908 Tremont Theatre production of The Merry Widow featuring Oscar Figman and Virginia Foltz.

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This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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