Boston Opera Alliance Debuts BostonOperaCalendar.org, Uniting Greater Boston’s Best Opera and Vocal Music Offerings
Media Contacts: John Michael Kennedy or Chelsey Saatkamp
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Boston, MA – October 4, 2016 – The Boston Opera Alliance – a consortium of regional companies and producers that supports awareness of and attendance at regional opera and vocal music performances – announced today the launch of bostonoperacalendar.org, which consolidates and promotes opera events in and around the Boston area.
Created with leading support from Boston Lyric Opera and developed by Opus Affair, the website (which declares “Boston is an Opera Town”) gives music and opera lovers a one-click destination that highlights live performances around the region. October’s featured events, for example, include productions of Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox and The Werther Project by Boston University Opera Institute, Opera on Tap Boston’s Annual Halloween Bash Pick Your Poison, a workshop production of REV. 23 at New England Conservatory, Longwood Opera’s Rigoletto and Opera Bites: A Feast of 10-Minute Operas produced by Boston Opera Collaborative.
“Boston Opera Calendar is a milestone for music lovers in Boston,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “In one click, a full complement of local opera and vocal music is right at your fingertips. I applaud the Opera Alliance for collaborating on this project for the benefit of the entire city. Local cultural supporters and tourists in search of high-quality performances to enhance their visit will benefit from this resource. Congratulations to Boston Lyric Opera for its leadership in getting this up and running.”
“The Boston Opera Calendar embodies the spirit of opera as a collaborative art form, and demonstrates a recognition that the entire field is strengthened through a joint effort to reach a broader audience,” said Marc A. Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America. “It is fitting the Calendar should launch the same month as our National Opera Week celebrations. This one-stop destination is a tremendous asset to opera and vocal music lovers, and to those just starting to discover the art form. The variety of events listed in the Boston Opera Calendar is an inspiring illustration of opera’s vitality.”
Graham Wright of Opus Affair, the arts network that developed the Boston Opera Calendar website, says the portal is a much-need tool for increasing awareness of the art form. “I like to think I'm fairly on top of Greater Boston's opera scene, but I must admit I was surprised to see just how much there is when we put it all in one place,” Wright says. “I’m thrilled how eager Boston's opera producers have been about coming together to foster a supportive community. And I'm particularly happy Opus Affair was able to play a role in making it easier for Bostonians to get out and experience opera in our town.”
The Boston Opera Alliance is planning a public celebration of the art form during Opera America’s National Opera Week in November.
For the full calendar of events, visit: bostonoperacalendar.org.
ABOUT BOSTON OPERA ALLIANCE
The Boston Opera Alliance (BOA) is a consortium of nearly 20 Boston-based opera companies and producers that have come together to enhance and support visibility of opera in the Greater Boston area. Not a producing organization BOA is a community-driven group collectively interested in increasing awareness about the wide variety of opera events happening in the city. Participating organizations include: Boston Baroque, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Guerilla Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, Longy School of Music of Bard College, MetroWest Opera, New England Conservatory, Odyssey Opera, Opera on Tap, OperaHub and Ouroboros Trilogy.
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