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.
With the sad news of the passing of baritone Robert Honeysucker this week, we explored the BLO archives for photos and memories of his memorable performances with the Company. Here are a few of our favorites.
At BLO, we’re dedicated to providing educational resources not only to our patrons, but also to educators and schools throughout the Boston community.
BLO is gearing up for our 5th year working with students and teachers in the Create Your Own Opera Partnership! Last month we marked the 7th year of training teachers in arts-integrated opera curricula during a week-long summer intensive. Teachers are getting ready to introduce their classroom to the art form of opera and the project they will be embarking on this year—creating an original opera of their own! This includes writing or adapting a story, composing original songs, creating costumes, sets, props, and lighting, staging, rehearsing, advertising, and performing!
We had the pleasure of talking to Renée Tatum who will be playing Jenny in Boston Lyric Opera's upcoming production of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. Renée also gave an exclusive performance for the BLO Orfeo Society. Read the interview below and stay tuned for clips of her performance...