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Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

BLO Takes Lizzie to Tanglewood

Aug 28, 2014 4:21:00 PM
By BLO Staff

Chelsea Basler, a BLO Emerging Artist, will be starring as Isolt in this season’s production of The Love Potion in November.  She most recently performed as
Margret Borden in BLO’s production of
Lizzie Borden at Tanglewood this summer. 
Here, she reflects on the experience:
Ever since
I moved to the East coast in 2002 I dreamed of singing at the Tanglewood Festival.
When Boston Lyric Opera announced that we would be performing our Annex opera
at Tanglewood, I was ecstatic. It ended up being everything I hoped and more.
Walking on the stage for Ozawa Hall was like a dream come true. The smell of
cedar surrounds you and from the stage you have a panoramic view of the setting
sun over a green field. The day of the show felt like a crazy mix of excitement
and nerves. We, as a cast, had been living with this show and these characters
for so long and it was finally time to bring them to life for the Tanglewood
audience. So bring them to life we did! The show went very well, and one of the
brightest memories for me was the energy that the audience gave us. They
laughed, they cried, and they cheered. At the end you could hear the whole
audience exhale as if they had been holding their breath as the murders played
out, and then came the thunderous applause. The whole experience was
exhilarating and I will hold it as one of my favorite performing experiences as
of yet.   
 

©Eric
Antoniou

©Eric
Antoniou
©Jennifer
Feldman
You can see
Chelsea and other BLO Emerging Artists this October in the first production of
the 2014/15 Season,
La Traviata . To purchase tickets or to learn more about our
Season, please visit
www.blo.org .
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