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    Margaret Atwood visits Boston to discuss ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ — and for opera’s opening night

    Author Margaret Atwood sits for a portait while promoting her new books "Angel Catbird" and "Hag-Seed" in Toronto on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP
    Author Margaret Atwood

    Ahead of the East Coast premiere of Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” celebrated author Margaret Atwood will visit Boston to discuss the impact of her influential 1985 novel, its cultural resurgence, and, now, its adaptation as an opera.

    Atwood and composer Poul Ruders are scheduled to join WBUR’s Maria Garcia at CitySpace at the Lavine Broadcast Center on May 4, the day before the opera debuts. With the help of recordings from Ruders’s score, Garcia will lead a discussion on the connections between the novel and opera.

    (We hear that Atwood is scheduled to be on hand for opening night of the opera on May 5.)

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    Tickets for “The Handmaid’s Aria: How an Iconic Novel Became an Opera” are available at wbur.org/cityspace. The BLO production of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” directed by Anne Bogart, will run May 5-12 at Harvard’s Ray Lavietes Pavilion in Allston.

    Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.