As we prepare for BLO's new production of The Threepenny Opera, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our incredible artists: the baritone James Maddalena, who will be performing the role of Mr. Peachum. A Massachusetts native, Mr. Maddalena was trained at New England Conservatory, where he immediately showed promise as a versatile performer of both classic and contemporary works. James Maddalena has been with Boston Lyric Opera for nearly as long as we have been a Company; he made his BLO debut in 1977 as Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide, shortly after BLO's founding in 1976. Since then, he has returned to the BLO stage many times, in addition to his acclaimed work at many of the world's leading opera houses.
Among James Maddalena's most beloved roles with BLO are Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe (1998), Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (2000), and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (2004). If you saw Tosca this Season, he may seem especially familiar...For the 2017/18 Season, Mr. Maddalena will return to BLO for not just one, but two productions! He sang the role of the Sacristan in Tosca this fall, and we can't wait to hear him again in a few weeks as Peachum in Threepenny. Enjoy these photos of him from our Archives.