In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera


Sep 28, 2010 11:17:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Holy Monteverdi, Batman! I haven’t been this excited since
I got to see Lady Gaga back home in Pittsburgh! Boston Lyric Opera is offering
STUDENT SUBSCRIPTIONS?! Surely, this must be pure jest. Opera is exclusively
reserved for the blue hairs, hoity toity socialites, and pretentious art
lovers. The stuff in opera is way to highbrow to be appreciated by the likes of
us rowdy college students.

But, that isn’t the case at all. Operas were the original musical and, dare I
say, the original movie. Wagner created epic mythological tales through his Der Ring des Nibelungen, while Puccini poured
emotion, romance, and tragedy into La bohème. By the way, these two
operas are inspirations to modern day works! Have you ever seen The Lord of the Rings or Rent? You should probably read this article for a great comparison of Wagner and Tolkien, and Rent is a direct adaptation of Puccini’s
La bohème.

So, if operas are about love, manipulation, tragedy, myth,
violence, betrayal, and anything else from the mystery bag of emotions, themes,
and plots, then there is no reason for you to miss out on an opera. Especially
since they have indeed inspired modern works (You can’t even prove me wrong on
this one. Look at the above…)! It would be similar to missing out on the
blockbuster of the year, or the movie that everyone is talking about, but you.
Especially since the blockbuster you would be missing would be a fabulous BLO
production. The mission of Boston
Lyric Opera is to produce artistically excellent productions of a diverse
repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences. BLO does, has done, and will
do exactly that in this 2010-2011 Season. We will go from tormented and
torturous love in Tosca, to the
provocative morality play of The Emperor
of Atlantis or Death Quits
, a comedy of Roman proportions in Agrippina, and enter the land of
confusion in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I couldn’t be more excited for this Season, especially as
a student. A great offer waits ahead, as well as even greater productions. I
can’t wait to see where the productions take the audiences physically and
mentally this Season, by way of unearthly talent and genius collaboration on
stage to make these stories come to life.
See you soon!

- Jessica Trainor, Boston College

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