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40th Anniversary Season: The High Notes

May 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM
By BLO Staff

BLO’s 40th Anniversary Season has been an incredible journey of music, drama, and joy across our great city. Take a look back through just some of the high notes with us:

  • A citywide celebration: 40 Days of Opera. This initiative brought together more than two dozen opera producers and cultural organizations to showcase the excellence and the variety of opera in and around Greater Boston.40th 1.jpg
  • The launch of, a new online resource for opera fans and patrons, created in partnership with the Boston Opera Alliance.
  • In partnership with the Boston Public Library’s exhibition, Shakespeare Unauthorized, BLO launched the concert series, Play On: BLO Sings Shakespeare that was performed at the Central Branch in Copley Square and at branch libraries in Dorchester and Roxbury.

  • In partnership with the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Office and non-profit Brighter Boston, English High School in Jamaica Plain welcomed BLO’s principal cast members of Carmen to perform an abridged version of the opera for 200 Boston public high school students.

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  • BLO gave away 40 free tickets to each performance of its blockbuster Season-opener of Carmen to college students—and young people lined up around the block to take advantage!
  • BLO earned a shout-out in the Wall Street Journal for its “tweet seat” initiative, launched during Carmen and continued throughout the Season, which welcomes social media mavens to live-tweet during Final Dress Rehearsals. Go #TweetSquad!

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  • BLO and the MFA’s longstanding partnership broke new ground with the Promenade Opera Concert, which walked the halls of the MFA and closely paired musical selections with specific artworks in a unique and highly in-demand event.

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  • An announcement of a commitment to BLO New Works, with two upcoming World Premieres: The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare by Julian Grant and Mark Campbell in November 2017, and Schoenberg in Hollywood by Tod Machover and Simon40th 4-771612-edited.jpg Robson in the 2018/19 Season.
  • The launch of BLO’s first 360° Video of a rehearsal of The Rake’s Progress—giving audiences a chance to step into the creative process as never before!
  • BLO’s annual series of Artist Classroom Visits, which brings professional singers to perform in schools alongside a BLO Teaching Artist, totaled a record 19 performances, including six visits to Boston Public Library and branches, reaching over 1,200 young people with an interactive, dynamic, one-hour version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.


None of these efforts would happen without the support and commitment of our Subscribers, donors, ticket buyers, and wider community members. We are honored to be part of the cultural life of our city and dedicated to the vibrancy of opera in the 21st century.


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Images (top to bottom): Vincent Turregano, baritone, performs at BLO’s Concert in the Courtyard (Paul Marotta, Perfect Bokeh Photography). High school students pose with Carmen artists Kathryn Skemp Moran, Jennifer Johnson Cano, and Roger Honeywell (L-R) (Paul Marotta, Perfect Bokeh Photography). Felicia Gavilanes, mezzo-soprano, and Vincent Turregano, baritone, perform at the MFA European Galleries. Heather Gallagher and Maya Kherani perform as Hansel and Gretel, with teaching artist Brendan Buckley, center, for students at St. Brendan School in Dorchester.

Topics: BLO, community engagement, #BLO40, #FigaroBLO

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