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Students Share their Reactions to Rigoletto

Apr 9, 2014 11:18:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Every season Boston Lyric Opera invites high school and
college students to view the final dress rehearsals of Shubert stage productions
free of charge. The dress rehearsal program gives many students the chance to
experience opera for the first time, as well as cultivate their appreciation of
opera throughout their educational careers. In exchange for dress rehearsal
passes, BLO asks students for their feedback on the performance. Students had an
overwhelmingly positive reaction to Boston Lyric Opera’s most recent production
of Verdi’s gripping drama, Rigoletto. Here
is what they had to say:

“Every year this is one of the things that I am most excited
about in Italian class.”
–Medford High School student
“The Boston Lyric Opera’s performance of the opera Rigoletto was sublime.”
–Whitman Middle
School student
“In past years I went to see The Barber of Seville and Macbeth
for similar trips. I can honestly say that Rigoletto
was my favorite opera I’ve seen so far… I was surprised by how much I
understood of the opera without the English translation.”
–Medford High School
“The costumes were great, the set was amazing, the orchestra
was on point, and the singing was moving. Thank you for a great performance to
brighten up my week!”
– Medford High School student
“The music and singing gave me goosebumps.”
-Whitman Middle
School student
“From start to finish, the opera’s protagonist, Rigoletto,
carried the production with captivating power and expression of voice, gesture,
and passion.”
–Medford High School student
“I can truthfully say, that this trip to the opera, was
–Whitman Middle School student
We would like to thank all the teachers who have brought
their students to the opera and students for their insightful responses. We
hope to see you again at future BLO educational events.  To learn more about opportunities to
introduce young people to opera and educational resources, visit
Boston Opera Calendar

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