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Time: May 05, 2019 3:00 PM
Location: Harvard University Ray Lavietes Pavilion
Event Type: Opera
Organized By: Boston Lyric Opera
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About Tour

Bear witness to the story of Offred: one woman of many stripped of her name, identity, and personhood by a cruel and oppressive government regime. Offred desperately preserves her story, a simple act of defiance and resistance as dangerous as it is riveting. Margaret Atwood’s extraordinary, important novel—set in Boston and Cambridge—becomes one of BLO’s largest-ever productions, directed by theater icon Anne Bogart with a hypnotic, evocative score that bends the tenets of traditional opera and leaves audiences breathless.  Michelle will be singing the role of Ofglen and covering the role of Aunt Lydia.


OPERA NEWS – The Handmaid’s Tale

“and soprano Michelle Trainor, as the conspiratorial Ofglen, were fine counterparts to Cano’s Offred.”

                                                ~July issue 2019, Angela Mao, Opera News

“Among her victims are the resistance member Ofglen, given understanding and sense by Michelle Trainor.  They are not alone in their excellence in a 16-person cast…”

                                                ~05/10/2019, David Allen, The New York times

“The cast was superb from top to bottom…Ofglen (Michelle Trainor), all first rate.”

                                                ~05/09/2019, Steven Ledbetter, the Boston Musical Intelligencer

 “Other standouts in a uniformly strong cast, the confident counter-zealotry of Michelle Trainor’s rebel Ofglen”.

                                                ~ 05/09/2019 Kevin Wells, Bachtrack

“Amid the BLO’s large cast, smaller parts that shine include Michelle Trainor as Ofglen.”

                                                ~05/10/2019  Katrina Holden-Buckley, The Arts Fuse

“Now, with an ambitious, immersive staging by Anne Bogart, and a fantastic cast and chorus, Boston Lyric Opera’s production of composer Poul Ruders and librettist Paul Bentley’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has landed close to home…Soprano Michelle Trainor is no-nonsense as the covertly rebellious Ofglen.”

                                                ~05/06/2019, Zoe Madonna, the Boston Globe

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