Statement on BLO’s Move 2016-11-05T07:08:16+00:00

Statement On Boston Lyric Opera’s Move

October 9, 2015

Today the leadership team of the Boston Lyric Opera took an extraordinary step for the future of the company and decided not to renew a contract with the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Shubert Theatre, our main stage for nearly two decades. We will have a new venue for our 40th Season beginning in the fall of 2016; our spring 2016 productions of Werther and The Merry Widow will be presented at the Shubert Theatre.

Much of our success in the last decade is due to an emphasis on excellent artistic choices and sound business and financial decisions. Our choice to leave the Shubert represents a mix of those two considerations. It came after lengthy discussions with Citi Performing Arts Center and deliberation by a working group of board members and executive staff. I am confident we made the right choice for our continued fiscal and artistic success, and – most importantly – for the experience of our patrons and artists.

For many years we have known that the best location for our work would be a facility in Boston with acoustical and physical elements appropriate to world-class opera productions. Until such a facility is available, Boston Lyric Opera’s Opera Annex productions have proved we can transform any space into an exciting experience. Our commitment to producing great art will not change. We expect to announce soon an exciting new location for our full 2016/2017 Season.

The board and staff of Boston Lyric Opera sincerely thank Josiah Spaulding and the Shubert Theatre staff for 18 great years. We look forward to taking the next step on our path to a facility suitable for New England’s largest opera company.

Esther Nelson
Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director