In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera


Oct 13, 2011 10:21:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Fall is slowly but surely starting in Boston. What I love about this season is this
stark change that occurs from summer. Like the weather, we can use this
new time of the year to make changes. I know most people talk about making changes
or trying new things at the beginning of a new calendar year, but what’s
stopping us from doing those right now? Now is the perfect time!
Something I love about my generation is the general openness to new
experiences, and the desire for change. But, I haven’t seen that same openness
into the arts, mainly, opera. When I tell students outside of the College
of Fine Arts
at BU that I am training to be an opera singer, they react with surprise,
mainly because they don’t know what opera is. It’s not that these students
don’t want to experience opera, but they have yet to see a production, and you
can’t really know what something is until you have experienced it. The
general consensus after seeing a classic opera is clear: it is beautiful music,
and simply hard not to enjoy. So, try it! What do you have to lose?
If you have things you want to try or change, you can do them.
Try the parts of Boston’s
immense culture scene, like seeing an opera, going to Symphony Hall or visiting
the MFA. If you make it a goal to experience more of Boston (like me), compile a list of places
you want to see, grab your T pass and go. Don’t wait to make these changes or
try new things until it’s too late; use each day as your inspiration for
--Melanie Burbules, Boston University '14

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