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Pagliacci | SEP 27 - OCT 6, 2019 | Boston Lyric Opera

Pagliacci

SEP 27 – OCT 6, 2019

Music and Libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Sung in English and Italian
Venue to be announced

ICONIC MUSIC | JEALOUSY & PASSION | IMMERSIVE, ONE-OF-A-KIND INSTALLATION

When a traveling troupe arrives to perform in a bustling town, the secrets and jealousies among them threaten to explode onstage—with deadly consequences. BLO presents its first-ever Pagliacci through a carnival-style installation that mirrors the “play within a play” of the opera and invites audiences to step into the drama.

Featuring Rafael Rojas, Lauren Michelle, Michael Mayes, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Omar Najmi

Conductor David Angus
Stage Director David Lefkowich
Set Designer Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer Charles Neumann
Lighting Designer Pablo Santiago

Fellow Travelers | NOV 13-17, 2019 | Boston Lyric Opera

Fellow Travelers

NOV 13-17, 2019

An Opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 novel “Fellow Travelers” by Thomas Mallon
Sung in English

Robert J. Orchard Stage at the Emerson Paramount Center
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

COVERT ROMANCE | POLITICS & POWER | A MODERN CLASSIC

Amidst a backdrop of 1950s paranoia in Washington, D.C., two men are swept into a passionate love affair, just as Senator McCarthy ratchets up his hunt for “sexual subversives” in the government. Based on the best-selling book by Thomas Mallon, FELLOW TRAVELERS is both a story of the heart and a taut political thriller, creating an instant contemporary classic.

Featuring Jesse Darden, Jesse Blumberg, Chelsea Basler, Vincent Turregano, David McFerrin, James Maddalena, Michelle Trainor, and Simon Dyer

Conductor Emily Senturia
Stage Director Peter Rothstein
Set Designer Sara Brown
Costume Designer Trevor Bowen
Lighting Designer Mary Shabatura

FELLOW TRAVELERS was originally developed and co-commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera

Original production directed by Kevin Newbury

Norma | MAR 13-22, 2020 | Boston Lyric Opera

Norma

MAR 13-22, 2020

Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani
Sung in Italian

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

ANCIENT LOVE TRIANGLE | VIVID, CAPTIVATING MUSIC | ELECTRIFYING TITLE ROLE

An ancient Druid priestess is at the heart of Bellini’s rarely-performed gem, caught between her passion for an unfaithful Roman lover and her devotion to her people. With returning star Elena Stikhina in the title role supported by BLO favorites Alfred Walker, Jonathan Burton, and Sandra Piques Eddy, this story of passion, politics, and jealousy is a vocal tour de force not to be missed.

Featuring Elena Stikhina, Sandra Piques Eddy, Jonathan Burton, and Alfred Walker

Conductor David Angus
Stage Director Stephanie Havey
Set Designer Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer Charles Neumann
Lighting Designer Pablo Santiago

Giulio Cesare | MAY 8-17, 2020 | Boston Lyric Opera

Giulio Cesare

MAY 8-17, 2020

(Julius Caesar in Egypt)
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym
Sung in Italian

Venue to be announced

CLASSIC BAROQUE GEM | THRILLING VOCAL FIREWORKS | A STORY FOR THE AGES

Julius Caesar arrives to conquer Egypt—or will Cleopatra conquer him? Intrigue and passion abound in Handel’s greatest opera, which traces the epic political struggle and the transcendent love story that ignited an empire and anointed a queen. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this Baroque gem in a fully-realized, grand-scale installation that only Boston Lyric Opera can create.

Featuring David Trudgen, Jacquelyn Stucker, Wallis Giunta, Renée Tatum, Siman Chung, David McFerrin, Gina Perregrino, and Simon Dyer

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow
Stage Director Matthew Ozawa
Set Designer Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer Charles Neumann
Lighting Designer Pablo Santiago