The 40 Seasons of Boston Lyric Opera: A History Part VI

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:19+00:00 September 29th, 2016|

At the end of Part V, Esther Nelson had assembled her leadership team, committed the Company to bold and thoughtful artistic choices, and reinstated a fourth production through the launch of Opera Annex, which quickly became a highly anticipated annual presentation in a nontraditional or found space.

Coda: Fall 2016

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:19+00:00 September 21st, 2016|

The Fall 2016 Issue of Coda, Boston Lyric Opera's Magazine, is HERE. Check it out by clicking the image below: #CarmenBLO #40daysofOpera

The 40 Seasons of Boston Lyric Opera: A History Part V

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:24+00:00 September 20th, 2016|

Each week during 40 Days of Opera, check back on the BLO blog for a new installment of this in-depth history of BLO!

At the end of Part IV, BLO was facing major, existential questions at the end of Janice Mancini Del Sesto’s term of leadership. What sort of vision would the next General Director bring to Boston Lyric Opera? What sort of institution would BLO be after the new leadership team was in place?

Sorting BLO’s 40th Season by Harry Potter House

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:24+00:00 September 13th, 2016|

No matter your house, there’s an opera for you! Boston Lyric Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season is one of it’s most eclectic for several reasons. The venues might top most people’s lists as the most diverse thing happening this season as we move into a different space for each production, but how many arts companies do you know build a Season that can be sorted – accurately and honestly, but also by total coincidence – into Hogwarts Houses? BLO is the first for me.

The 40 Seasons of Boston Lyric Opera: A History Part IV

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:24+00:00 September 12th, 2016|

Each week during 40 Days of Opera, check back on the BLO blog for a new installment of this in-depth history of BLO!

Part III surveyed the growth and development of BLO under the leadership of Janice Mancini Del Sesto. But the rapid and steady growth of the 1990s could not be sustained indefinitely—read on for more about BLO in the beginning of the 21st century.

Soul Sisters: Carmen and Beyoncé

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:24+00:00 September 9th, 2016|

The character of Carmen as originally imagined by Mérimée was a feisty, brazen woman who defied stereotypes of how a 19th century woman was supposed to behave. And as the opera Carmen grew in popularity...

The Art of the Bullfight

By | 2016-11-05T07:08:24+00:00 September 5th, 2016|

If you want a more complete picture of Spanish culture, study bullfighting. Famous writers of various nationalities have eloquently expressed that sentiment from Federico García Lorca to Ernest Hemingway, most notably in the American author’s Death in the Afternoon. “It is impossible to believe the emotional and spiritual intensity and the pure, classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal and a piece of scarlet serge,” Hemingway wrote in 1932.