BLO’s 40th Anniversary Season has been an incredible journey of music, drama, and joy across our great city. Take a look back through just some of the high notes with us. None of these efforts would happen without the support and commitment of our Subscribers, donors, ticket buyers, and wider community members. We are honored to be part of the cultural life of our city and dedicated to the vibrancy of opera in the 21st century.
BLO invites high school and college students to attend the final dress rehearsals of its productions. Often this is students’ first experience with opera. Student study materials are provided. In exchange for passes, BLO requests student responses about the production.
Reuniting Rosetta Cucchi, stage director, and John Conklin, BLO Artistic Advisor and scenic designer—the dramaturgical minds behind our 2015/16 Season La Bohème—this upcoming production of Mozart’s classic sets the action in an imaginary Italian villa in the 1950s, a world of luxury and cinematic style.
For many, The Marriage of Figaro represents the “perfect” opera—that elusive, ideal blend of sublime music and drama, humane comedy and human foible, social satire and compassionate resolution.
For an opera company to thrive over the course of four decades, being in tune with ongoing trends and the constantly changing digital landscape is crucial. Boston Lyric Opera has established itself as a lead player in the space where the opera world and digital worlds collide.The company has a strong and growing ‘Tweet Seat’ campaign, that generated national coverage including this Wall Street Journal article, in which invited theatergoers are encouraged to live tweet during dress rehearsals. BLO’s latest initiative is a Virtual Reality (VR) video that immerses viewers in a rehearsal for its upcoming production of The Rake’s Progress.
After this triumph of neoclassicism, Stravinsky abruptly changed compositional course, subsequently writing in the style of musical serialism (closely associated with that other 20th-century titan of composition, Arnold Schoenberg). The upcoming BLO production will use The Rake’s Progress to explore this pivotal moment in Stravinsky’s career: the creative team has secured permission from the Stravinsky estate to add the non-singing role of Stravinsky to the opera.
In 1947, Stravinsky visited the Art Institute of Chicago and viewed a series of engravings by the 18th-century artist William Hogarth, entitled A Rake’s Progress. These eight scenes, which traced the descent of Tom Rakewell from respectability to debauchery to madness, struck him immediately with their dramatic potential—and thus, the seed was planted for what became his neo-classical operatic triumph, The Rake’s Progress. What were these artworks that so sparked his imagination, and who created them?
Simon Dyer grew up as an athlete, but as fate would have it, an injury led him to join a chorus in an afterschool program. With a little encouragement and some nurturing, Simon went on to pursue a degree in Voice Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As a student, Simon attended BLO’s performance of The Magic Flute...