BLO Street Stage

BLO Street Stage first hit the road in fall 2020 with a mission to bring live opera safely to audiences in the greater outdoors across the Boston area. Building on BLO’s history of creative, theatrical installations, BLO outfit the truck with state-of-the-art sound equipment combined with striking exterior artwork designed in collaboration with Artists For Humanity to create a one-of-a-kind mobile stage.
Since its debut, BLO Street Stage has traveled from downtown Boston to central Massachusetts and beyond to bring safe, live performances to hundreds of operagoers. From two world premieres to showtunes, from opera classics to surprise guests, BLO Street Stage aims to give hope and joy through the power of live performance.
BLO Street Stage performances have concluded for 2021. Check back for information about our 2022 performances!
BLO is proud to have partnered with the following organizations for Street Stage performances since 2020:

Artists For Humanity
Boston Baptist College
Castle of our Skins
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Fruitlands Museum
Fuller Craft Museum
GBH
IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Mass General Brigham
Museum of Fine Arts
The Greenway
The Trustees
Villa Victoria

The following artists have shared their extraordinary talent on BLO’s Street Stage since its inception:

Patricia Au
Chelsea Basler
RaShaun Campbell
Jose Arturo Soto Gamboa
Brett Hodgdon
Lovely Hoffman
Gerson Lazo-Quiroga
Nicholas LaGesse
Omar Najmi
Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa Nzou-Mambano
Annie Rabbat
Brianna Robinson
Zaray Rodriguez
Vera Savage
Brendon Shapiro
Zakiyyah Sutton
Fred C. VanNess, Jr.
Kera Washington
Aron Zelkowicz

Since its inception, BLO Street Stage has hosted two World Premieres – “my name is Alondra” and MISOZDI YAMARIMBA.

“my name is Alondra” premiered in May 2021 as part of Poetry in Music, a collaboration between Boston Lyric Opera, featuring poems by City of Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla set to music by tenor and 2020/21 BLO Emerging Artist Composer Omar Najmi.

Learn more about “my name is Alondra”

Original narrative MISOZDI YAMARIMBA premiered in August 2021, in partnership between BLO and Castle of our Skins, featuring original music and narration from composer and soprano Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa-Nzou Mambano, the inaugural Creative-in-Residence with Castle of Our Skins, brought to life by artists from Boston Lyric Opera and musicians from Castle of our Skins.

Learn more about MISOZDI YAMARIMBA

BLO Street Stage Photos by Above Summit