Thursday, September 15, 2022

Shakespeare Plus: The new John Adams opera, a novella about Shakespeare's daughter, and more



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Shakespeare Plus


John Adams's Antony and Cleopatra

John Adams:
Antony and Cleopatra

Celebrated American composer John Adams joins us on the Folger podcast to discuss his new opera, Antony and Cleopatra, receiving its world premiere right now as part of the San Francisco Opera's centennial season.



Adapting Shakespeare
for Opera

When it comes to writing the libretto for an opera, how do you distill the epic story of Antony and Cleopatra to only two acts? Dramaturg and libretto consultant Lucia Scheckner gives us an inside look.




flowers from the book cover

Shakespeare's daughter

In the opening scene of Jennifer Falkner’s novella Susanna Hall, Her Book, England's queen unexpectedly comes to see Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna.


four men onstage

What's onstage this month

We check in with our theater partners to see what's onstage this month across America, including Love Labor's Lost at American Players Theatre, pictured above.


Learne to dye

Shuffling off this mortal coil

"For early modern English Christians, dying was an art form," writes Folger Fellow Eileen Sperry in this blog post about ars moriendi texts in the 16th and early 17th centuries.





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Image Credits: Amina Edris (Cleopatra), John Adams's Antony and Cleopatra, San Francisco Opera, 2022. Photo: Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera. | "Spotlight on Design" panel discussion photo by Lloyd Wolf. | “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” at American Players Theatre. Photo by Liz Lauren. | Christopher Sutton, ‘Disce viuere: learne to liue. Disce mori: learne to dye’, Folger call number STC 23488.8. Photograph © Eileen Sperry.