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From a BLO Volunteer... 80 Hours at the Opera

Jun 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM
By BLO Staff

nina.jpegBLO’s team of dedicated volunteers assists staff with a variety of projects including administrative work, production assistance, light walking, supernumerary work, and more. Volunteer contributions are essential to BLO throughout the season, helping to fill in pivotal gaps. Nina was kind enough to share her experience with us.

Nina Jones is a senior in high school at Worcester Academy. She volunteered 80+ hours over the course of three weeks to complete her graduation project, a school requirement  that gives seniors the opportunity to learn, research, create, or volunteer in  the “real world” and report on their findings.

Next year, Nina will attend the Schulich School of Music at McGill University to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance.

80 Hours at the Opera

By Nina Jones

My first experience with opera was with the Boston Lyric Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte in the Spring 2013. Since then, I have attended almost all of their productions! After Greek, last season’s annex opera, my mom suggested I volunteer at BLO for my graduation project. I was thrilled by the idea; I felt connected to the organization, it introduced me to an art form that is now one of my greatest passions. One call and a few forms later, I was set to volunteer.

I have learned so much throughout my time at the BLO. Most importantly, I have been introduced to the other side of opera and what goes on behind the scenes to keep the organization running. It is so gratifying to know that by scanning, filing, helping prepare for a meeting, or by working at the box office I am giving back to an organization that has given so much to me.

This experience has been eye-opening. Now, when I see opera, I have a deeper understanding and higher level of respect for everything that goes into a production. It is so much more than what you see on stage;  it is everyone who has worked with the organization, in the office and beyond, in order to make each performance possible. They are all working towards the same goal. I cannot thank the BLO enough for providing me with this amazing opportunity.


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Topics: BLO, Nina Jones, Volunteer

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