Open House

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Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 11am – 3pm
The Castle at Park Plaza
130 Columbus Avenue, Boston
FREE for all ages!

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For the first time, Boston Lyric Opera hosts its free Open House with our Opera Annex production, Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden. Investigate the Borden murders, discover how an empty space is transformed into an opera space, and experience opera in a casual, exciting way.

Performances: Inspired by Lizzie Borden, see a selection of famous, musical murder scenes featuring BLO Artists.

Meet the real Lizzie Borden: Hear from Borden case expert Stefani Koorey, Ph.D., about the real woman suspected in one of America’s most infamous crimes.  Join the grand jury and explore case evidence and witness testimony in a special exhibit. Cast your vote of guilty or not guilty.

Backstage Tours: Get an inside look into the production with set models, costume displays, and make-up demonstrations.

Want to volunteer at BLO’s Open House?  Contact David Lucey at for more information.

Murderous Music
Stage | 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Inspired by Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden, appreciate the intensity of murder in musical theater. BLO Artists perform murder scenes from both opera and Broadway.

Featuring performances by So Young Park, Michelle Trainor, Sandra Piques Eddy, and David Cushing, Piano accompaniment by Brett Hodgdon

The Documentary Life of Lizzie Borden with Stefani Koorey, Ph.D.
Stage | 12:15 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Who was the real Lizzie Borden? Join Dr. Stefani Koorey, Borden case expert and author of The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden and Victorian Studies, for a glimpse into life in 1892 Fall River, Massachusetts.

Backstage Tours
Self Guided Tours | 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Get to know Lizzie Borden, both behind the scenes and on stage. View set models and costume displays for BLO’s Opera Annex production of Lizzie Borden.

Front of House
On the Backstage Tour

What does it take to turn an empty space into an opera space? Learn about BLO’s Opera Annex series and watch the set construction of last season’s Opera Annex production, James MacMillan’s Clemency, at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. Video produced by the Artists for Humanity Media Studio.

All About Opera
Back of House | all day

Follow the historic timeline of this living art form and learn how opera has evolved in style and subject  through the centuries.  Explore BLO set models and more.

On the Backstage Tour

Step up to the conductor’s podium and visit the Opera Annex’s make-shift orchestra pit, for this newly-commissioned chamber version of Lizzie Borden.

Dressing Rooms
On the Backstage Tour

View costume displays and see where the cast prepares for this world-premiere performance.

Wig and Makeup Demos
Dressing Rooms | 11:00 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Join BLO makeup and wig artists outside the dressing rooms for a demonstration on Victorian and horror makeup.

Explore, Investigate, Decide!

CSI: Fall River
Inner Lobby | All day

Discover what really happened in 1892 Fall River. View evidence and suspect photos from the Borden murder case, hear witness testimony, and explore the sensational press coverage from the infamous crime. Take your seat in the jury box and cast a vote of guilty or not guilty.


Boston Opera Producer’s Exposition
All About Opera Exhibit

Get to know your Boston opera community.  Learn about local performances, opera education programs, and more!

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