Signature Series & Reception



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.

Dates: September 22, 2013,  November 3, 2013, March 2, 2014  and April 6, 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




Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2pm

The Magic Flute Variations

Mozart’s The Magic Flute has enjoyed almost continuous popularity since its highly successful (if somewhat raucous) premiere in 1791.  It has served as the inspiration for numerous plays, novels, poetry and films and has found itself adapted, revised and parodied over the centuries.  The popular tale has been set in Alaska, outer space, and the trenches of WWI.  Sampling excerpts from the original opera and some of the intriguing variations, we can renew our pleasure in the most truly magical of Mozart’s works.

Jennifer Ellis, actor
Timothy Smith, actor
Mara Bonde, soprano
Molly Crookedacre, soprano
Kaitlin Bertenshaw, mezzo-soprano
Jon Jurgens, tenor
Wesley Gentle, bass-baritone
David McFerrin, baritone
Brett Hodgdon, piano
Melanie Dyball, cello

Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2pm

“Lizzie Borden took an axe”

August 4 1892 – a stifling, hot day dawns – a day which made Fall River the site of the most sensational and controversial crime scene in US history. A dramatic recreation and re-telling of those bloody hours drawn from trial testimony, newspaper accounts, personal recollections – and from music excerpted from Jack Beeson’s charged and theatrically vivid operatic evocation of the murderous Lizzie.

Featuring performances by Will Lebow and BLO Artists.

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.

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm

The Madwoman in the Attic

“Mad scenes” have intrigued opera composers from Handel to Britten, offering opportunity  for compelling vocal virtuosity as well as drama at an extreme pitch. 19th century operatic roles such as Lucia and Elvira in I Puritani have become the most famous representatives of this genre, which explore and reflect the many ambiguous complexities (often repressive) of the position of women in their societies. We will hear their extreme, often poignantly beautiful voices from both musical and literary sources as these women attempt to exist outside the apparently normal and rational boundaries of their own cultures.

Featuring performances by Karen MacDonald, Michelle Trainor and other BLO Artists.

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

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.