Opera Annex

“For the past several years, Boston Lyric Opera has been shaking up the grand-opera model with its Opera Annex…” – The Wall Street Journal

Since its launch in 2011, Opera Annex has played an integral role in BLO’s mission of building curiosity and support for opera through theatrically compelling productions and programs. For each Opera Annex, the Company seeks out operas that are not readily available (such as rarely performed works and premieres) and presents these works in evocative venues like The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, The Castle at Park Plaza, Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, Temple Ohabei Shalom, and most recently, The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts.

Opera Annex has allowed BLO to reach far beyond Boston with its first commercial recording and to make an enduring contribution to the operatic canon with commissions such as James MacMillan’s Clemency and a reduction of Jack Beeson’s American classic, Lizzie Borden. The Boston Globe has called the program “increasingly essential” while The New York Times predicted that BLO’s Opera Annex will “catch the interest of opera-goers around the country.”

Opera Annex Productions

2016/17 | Greek | Mark-Anthony Turnage | Emerson/Paramount Center
2015/16 | In the Penal Colony | Philip Glass | The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts
2014/15 | The Love Potion | Frank Martin | Temple Ohabei Shalom
2013/14 | Lizzie Borden | Jack Beeson | The Castle at Park Plaza
2012/13 | Clemency| MacMillan | Artists for Humanity EpiCenter
2011/12 | The Lighthouse | Peter Maxwell Davies | John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
2010/11 | The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits | Viktor Ullmann| The Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts
2009/10 | The Turn of the Screw | Benjamin Britten | The Park Plaza Castle