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Boston: Macabre humor in opera premiere
November 8, 2017
With music by Julian Grant and a libretto by Mark Campbell, The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr Burke and Mr Hare is the embodiment of dark humor. The world premiere opera, presented by Boston Lyric Opera Nov. 8-12, is described as a “highly theatrical and brutally funny” work that tells the true story of scientists William Burke and William Hare’s ten-month killing spree (pictured are victims) to get them through the cadaver shortage in 1820s Edinburgh. David Angus conducts, with stage direction by David Schweizer.