In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera


Oct 28, 2011 8:50:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Tuxedos, floor-length gowns, champagne by the bottle…witch
hats? Witches and ghouls (and even Macbeth stage director David Schweizer dressed as a devil!) attended this Saturday’s Hocus Pocus Gala. Located at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel ballroom, the Gala
welcomed Boston’s
opera enthusiasts--many who embraced the witchy, Halloween theme. Hocus Pocus
celebrated BLO, highlighted the 2011/2012 Emerging Artists and instilled the
spirit of Halloween. The night was filled with hilariously entertaining musical
acts, a delicious three-course meal and most importantly, an inspiring reminder
of why we all support the arts, and in particular, opera, which led to half a million dollars in generous
As a BLO intern, I not only got the opportunity to attend
(any excuse to wear a fancy dress!), but arrived early to help set-up the
ballroom to assist my hard working colleagues. It took a lot of helping hands
to transform the ballroom into a spooky, woodsy witch’s lair! Just as the place
settings were perfected and final rehearsals were finished, attendees began to
arrive for cocktail hour, and I had time to live-tweet the event, as well as
chat with some of my BU colleagues--vocalists in the Opera Institute--who were
invited to perform at the event with the Emerging Artists. At the end of the
night, as the singers toasted to all with their final performance of the ‘Brindisi’ from Macbeth, spirits were high and the event
was truly enjoyed by all.
The Hocus Pocus Gala was a success! Now, onto Macbeth ( Student Night is only 2 weeks
-- Melanie Burbules, Boston University '14 

Topics: behind the scenes, Student Posts, hocus pocus

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