BLO welcomed dozens of undergraduate and graduate students to the Final Dress Rehearsal of Schoenberg in Hollywood, the World Premiere opera composed by Tod Machover, with libretto by Simon Robson based on a scenario by Braham Murray. A unique fusion of opera, theater, film, and electronics, this opera illuminates the iconic 20th-century composer Arnold Schoenberg, the inventor of the twelve tone method of composition, at a crossroads in his life: having escaped the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany, Schoenberg arrives in 1930s Hollywood and is offered the opportunity to compose for films. Can he find a way to reconcile reflection with action, and tradition with revolution? What is the meaning of art in the wake of atrocity? And ultimately, who is Arnold Schoenberg?
Around 400 high school and college students across greater Boston attended BLO’s Final Dress Rehearsal of The Barber of Seville. For many, it was their first experience with opera. Many of the students were surprised and delighted that it was laugh-out-loud funny. Here are some of their remarks
SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD An Opera by Tod Machover Music by Tod Machover Libretto by Simon Robson Based on a Scenario by Braham Murray Commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera Sung in English with English surtitles Length: Approximately 90 minutes WHO’S WHO OMAR EBRAHIM AS SCHOENBERG | SARA WOMBLE AS GIRL | JESSE DARDEN AS BOY Conducted by David Angus & directed by Karole Armitage, with original production concept by Braham Murray. Scenic Design by Simon Higlett, Costume Design by Nancy Leary, Lighting Design by Pablo Santiago, Media & Projection Design by Peter Torpey, Sound Design by Ben Bloomberg
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Music by Gioacchino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Sung in Italian with English surtitles Length: Approximately 3 hours, including 1 intermission WHO’S WHO MATTHEW WORTH AS FIGARO | DANIELA MACK AS ROSINA | JESUS GARCIA AS COUNT ALMAVIVA, with David Crawford as Basilio & Steven Condy as Bartolo Conducted by David Angus & directed by Rosetta Cucchi, Scenic Design by Julia Noulin-Mérat, Costume Design by Gianluca Falaschi, Lighting Design by D.M. Wood
What happens when you give members of your audience permission to live post about an opera? Comic genius, GIFs galour, and a social media powerhouse. Our Hype Team is taking over for another season. Brace for epic posts to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook all while learning more about the long time tradition of opera and theater. Want to feel like a rebel? Use your phone in the theater by joining the Hype Team.
With the close of the 2017-18 school year, we look back on an incredible year of school partnerships in communities across greater Boston. It is a joy and a privilege to work with teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, and parents to bring the power of opera and theatre to students and to help them tell stories that are important and meaningful to them.
We caught up with BLO Emerging Artist and Trouble in Tahiti Jazz Trio Member, Vincent Turregano! Read below to find out what it's like to be involved in such an innovative production like Trouble in Tahiti/Arias & Barcarolles and what his time as an Emerging Artist has been like! Come see Vincent in action and enjoy a night at the opera like you've never experienced before! Prepare yourself to be amazed as you step into our 1950's Jazz Club inspired space!
Boston Lyric Opera has a long history of creativity in transforming existing spaces for opera. The most unique example of this is our upcoming production of Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles. We are transforming the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink into an intimate cabaret space inspired by the Manhattan nightclubs of the 1950s. Set rendering below by Designer Paul Tate dePoo III: We asked our Production & Technical Director Anna B. Labykina how and why this space was chosen. She answers in our blog post: Opera in an Ice Rink? Check out the space before the transformation. And watch Tahiti cast members Neil Ferreira and Mara Bonde announce the venue on skates!
The Threepenny Opera is a work that provoked passion, outrage, and has inspired countless other artists over the course of 90 years. One such artist, Arbit Blatas, came back to the themes and story of Threepenny many times over the course of his career as an artist and sculptor. Dazzled by the world première of The Threepenny Opera that he attended in Berlin in 1928, Lithuanian-born artist Arbit Blatas (1908-1999) was inspired to produce paintings, sculpture and lithography based on the iconic Weill-Brecht work for the next 70 years.
As we prepare for BLO's new production of The Threepenny Opera, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our incredible artists: the baritone James Maddalena, who will be performing the role of Mr. Peachum. A Massachusetts native, Mr. Maddalena was trained at New England Conservatory, where he immediately showed promise as a versatile performer of both classic and contemporary works. James Maddalena has been with Boston Lyric Opera for nearly as long as we have been a Company; he made his BLO debut in 1977 as Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide, shortly after BLO's founding in 1976. Since then, he has returned to the BLO stage many times, in addition to his acclaimed work at many of the world's leading opera houses.