Victor Hugo: From Rigoletto to Les Misérables


Boston Lyric Opera presents the Signature Series in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These provocative preludes employ a variety of art forms such as fine art, literature, and music through performance and multimedia to highlight themes in the opera of the season.

Date: March 2, 2014 

Program – 2:00 pm, Remis Auditorium
Signature Reception* – 3:00 pm, Bravo Restaurant
Mingle with the performers, sip cocktails, and sample hors d’oeuvres at the MFA’s Bravo Restaurant.

$18 – BLO subscribers, MFA members, seniors and students
$22 – Non-Members
*Signature Reception Tickets $50

To purchase tickets visit the MFA’s website, or contact Institutional Advancement Manager Heather Coulter at /617.542.4912 x229.

For more information about BLO’s Signature Series collaboration with the MFA, visit

Image: Que sacrificio! (What a sacrifice!); Plate 14 bound into “Los Caprichos”
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
Drawn and etched 1797–98; published 1799
Etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint; first edition in bound set of eighty hand-colored etching and aquatints, with manuscript annotations
* Bequest of Eleanor A. Sayre
* Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2pm

Victor Hugo: From Rigoletto to Les Misérables

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a superbly creative poet, novelist, playwright, critic, even  an  opera librettist.  He influenced a wide range of musical creations  from Verdi (Ernani and Rigoletto), Donizetti (Lucrezia Borgia), to Poncheilli (La Gioconda)  as well as works by  Berlioz, Liszt, Bizet, Fauré, and the culture factory that is Les Misérables. We will see and hear many examples that explore this prodigious artist’s work and its influence.

Featuring performances by Jennifer Ellis, Chelsea Basler, David Kravitz and other BLO Artists.

But, wait … There’s more!

Attend the Signature Reception immediately following the presentation in the Museum of Fine Arts’ highly acclaimed Bravo restaurant. Mingle with the performers and presenters at this lively event while sipping cocktails and sampling tempting hors d’oeuvres inspired by the opera.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Bravo Restaurant

Tickets are an additional $50/person. The receptions often sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance!

To purchase tickets, visit the MFA’s website here or contact Institutional Advancement Manager Heather Coulter at / 617.542.4912 x229.

Attendees save 15% on tickets to BLO’s productions of Rigoletto and I Puritani.