In the Wings

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Subscriber Spotlight

Feb 8, 2019 3:08:10 PM
By BLO Staff

Throughout the month of February we will be turning the spotlight on to our Subscribers! Meet some of our biggest fans, learn about their experience with BLO, and discover why they love opera.


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Meet Konstantin and Kristin Ilse

How long have you been Subscribers:
Hard to believe, but it’s almost 10 years! Our first full subscription season was 2009-2010.

Favorite part about being Subscribers with Boston Lyric Opera:
Anticipation of surprise. Thrill of being immersed in great music, singing, and visual scenery for the next two hours. Memories of past great performances that last for weeks, sometimes years.

Favorite past production from BLO:
There have been so many… Rusalka, the first opera we saw at BLO almost 10 years ago (not as subscribers yet) was one of the most memorable. The Lighthouse was wonderful. Most of classical opera performances were great, too.


Meet Lori and Mark Roux

How long have you been a subscriber?

Since 2000.

What’s your favorite part about being a subscriber with Boston Lyric Opera?

BLO consistently programs a quality balance of timeless and new works in a range of venues that makes every season an adventure. Being a subscriber makes it easy for us to enjoy the ride!

Fundamentally, we subscribe because every BLO production is well sung, well directed, and beautiful to behold. BLO is bold and creative. Also, we achieve better seats while getting the flexibility we need, and we enjoy the events open to subscribers.

Why do you love opera?

Opera is the whole package: music, story, and theater. All work together to serve up the world of the performance, wholly engaging us for a brief moment in time. Opera makes you suspend belief from the start, because people are singing!

Great opera is accessible and transformative, making it easy forTosca Elena
audiences of all ages and contexts to get a glimpse of our shared humanity: it's art that satisfies.

What is your favorite past production from BLO?

#1: Tosca, Fall 2017 (title role memorably sung by the superb soprano and performer, Elena Stikhina - we'll never forget this one).
#2: Schoenberg in Hollywood.



Are you a subscriber and want to participate? Share how long have you been a subscriber, your favorite part about being a subscriber with BLO, why do you love opera, and your favorite past production from BLO to be featured. Just email Madison Florence at your answers and a photo!

Topics: Subscribers, profile, bio, Subscriber Appreciation

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