Feature by Gillian Daniels, Interview with Julie House of the Boston Lyric Opera by Becca Kidwell
Opera remains one of the most intimidating arts of western culture. It’s a beautiful art, though, one where grand epics and tragedies are played out on stage and human stories are set to songs greater and better than the daily drudge of reality.
Yet much more widely embraced among North American theatergoers is the musical, opera that has evolved in the past hundred years with more speaking parts and often more contemporary settings. Musicals aren’t always lighter fair, but they are seen as more accessible than opera. Continue reading