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.
The cast of #ThreepennyBLO has FINALLY arrived and we are so excited to kick-off our Spring Season with this theatrical masterpiece. Buy your tickets to join us for artful music, beautiful costume work, and scenic designs. See this opera like you've never seen it before! Tickets are on sale NOW! Rarely performed by an opera comapny, don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience the profound work of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Here are some fun photos of the cast, including behind-the-scenes footage from the cast photoshoot with photographer, Liza Voll.
One of the visionaries of our Spring 2018 productions is rising star, James Darrah, who will be directing The Threepenny Opera. Darrah is a Los Angeles based director and designer, known for his creative and unconventional bodies of work that "inject real drama" (New York Times) into new theater and opera productions, video and film installations, and events that become "once-in-a-lifetime experience[s]" (Opera News). Darrah, who will make his Boston professional debut with this production, became an avid Kurt Weill fan in college.
You may have noticed that the famous historical diva, Jenny Lind, has been getting a lot of press lately! Known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” she toured extensively in the 19th century under the management of P.T. Barnum, who capitalized on her beautiful voice and lovely appearance. As part of BLO’s Signature Series, Artistic Advisor John Conklin will explore Jenny Lind and P.T. Barnum, along with a third titan of American culture in the 19th century, Walt Whitman. Part performance, part dramatic reading, and wholly original, Conklin’s programs find often-unexpected connections between art forms and create unique and enlightening artistic experiences.
We loved reading this detailed and thoughtful review from New England Conservatory student Tyler—so we decided to share it in full! Our thanks to all of the students and educators who take part in our Final Dress Rehearsal program—it's an honor to share the music with you.
Who says opera and fashion don't go hand in hand? While there is no dress code at BLO, the opera definitely provides reason to put on your Sunday's best and have a fun night on the town.
Behind the Scenes with the Burke & Hare Creators The latest BLO Deconstructing Opera Salon: The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare took place on October 31, where guests joined us for a panel discussion, lunch and to observe a rehearsal. We welcomed the following panelists to discuss the creation of Burke & Hare:
BLO welcomed 400 high school and college students from all over the greater Boston area free of charge to the Final Dress Rehearsal of Tosca. For a majority of these students, this was their first opera experience. Here are some of their impressions.
“The Joy of Dressing is an Art.” - John Galliano Who says opera and fashion don't go hand in hand? While there is no dress code at BLO, the opera definitely provides reason to put on your Sunday's best and have a fun night on the town.