In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

Singing into 2019

Dec 26, 2018 10:25:42 AM
By BLO Staff

From a World Premiere to student-created operas, here are some of our favorite moments from throughout 2018...


Boston Lyric Opera started the year off presenting our Signature Series: Opera Promenade concert at the MFA, pairing songs with MFA artworks.

LizaVollPhotography-6472-1Photo by: Liza Voll Photography


BLO Artists and Teaching Artists visited 23 schools, libraries and community organizations, engaging elementary students through our Artist Classroom Visits in the story-telling art form of opera through Hansel and Gretel, in preparation for our Create Your Own Opera Partnership Program.

BLO Hansel and Gretel 2018 -- Brown 2

Soprano Sara Womble as Gretel, mezzo-soprano Heather Gallagher as Hansel, and Teaching Artist Eric Ritter as the Witch. Photo by: BLO Staff


Audiences flocked to BLO's new production of The Threepenny Opera, starring Kelly Kaduce, Christopher Burchett, and James Maddalena, directed by James Darrah in his BLO debut!

3PO2 KKaduce as Polly 2 Photo Liza VollKelly Kaduce as Polly Peachum. Liza Voll Photography.


We celebrated Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with a program of highlights from throughout his storied career, accompanied by lectures and panels, across greater Boston.

Bernstein-1956-Library-of-Congress-600x600Photo: Friedman-Abeles - The New York Public Library Billy Rose Theatre Collection.


We closed out our 2017/18 Season with Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Arias and Barcarolles, transforming the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink into a 1950s cabaret!

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Our free concert series in partnership with Castle of our Skins also began in May. Crossing the Line to Freedom explored the lives of legendary liberators through opera, song and spoken word written entirely by African American composers.


Synthia Pullum performs in the BPL Courtyard. Photo by Todd McNeel 


We wrapped up the school year with our Create Your Own Opera Partnership performances. 10 schools and 644 students participated, with 15 original operas created and performed! More than 135 teaching hours were put in by BLO Teaching Artists over the course of the spring.

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5th grade students at Joseph Lee K-8 perform Lil’Red, a fractured fairy tale opera, at their end of year performance. Photo by Liza Voll Photography.


BLO partnered for the first time with the Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Mattapan Teen Center, sending a teaching artist to lead a group of 30 youth in the creation of their own opera during the center’s summer session. The youth created an original story as well as original music.

Mattapan Teen Center photo

Photo by: BLO staff


BLO offered a week-long, full-day Opera Camp for seven youth in partnership with VOICES Boston children’s chorus. Teacher-participants in the Intensive took turns leading these youth, culminating in an original opera inspired by the picture-book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg.

1 Tableau with Kids2Photo by: BLO staff

We also presented our Concert in the Courtyard at the Boston Public Library, closing out their summer-long series with our presentation, MANY VOICES: Women in Harmony, Men in Response.

LizaVollPhotography-2362Bass-baritone David Cushing and mezzo-soprano Felicia Gavilanes perform in the BPL Courtyard. Liza Voll Photography.


Our annual Opera Gala, held at City Winery, hosted 200 attendees and raised $370K for BLO and its education programs around the city.

BLO-21Jennifer Johnson Cano, the 2018 featured Gala performer. Photo by Above Summit.


Around 400 high school and college students attended the dress rehearsal of our first show of the 2018/19 Season, The Barber of Seville:

“The privilege of being able to see opera with my class for free is something I am infinitely grateful for.” – Medford High School Student


Tenor Jesus Garcia as Almaviva and baritone Matthew Worth as Figaro in The Barber of Seville. Liza Voll Photography.

Boston Lyric Opera celebrated Arts Matter Day on October 28 along with MASSCreative and numerous other Boston creative institutions.


Photos by BLO staff


Tod Machover's Schoenberg in Hollywood, exploring the life of the composer as told through movie genres, had its World Premiere at Boston Lyric Opera to sold-out audiences.

LizaVollPhotography-7930-1Omar Ebrahim as Schoenberg (center), with Sara Womble as Girl and Jesse Darden as Boy. Liza Voll Photography.

In the same month, eleven talented teens participated in BLO's and VOICES Boston's High School Audition Workshop, helping them prepare for college music program auditions.


Teaching Artist Patricia Au coaches students on how to prep their audition binders. Photo by Kayee Burrows, VOICES Boston staff.


We are prepping for the second half of our Season. We have been working closely with our partners at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and Casa Myrna in conjunction with The Rape of Lucretia and The Handmaids Tale.

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Liza Voll Photography



See you in the New Year!



Topics: 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Classroom Operas, #tahitiBLO, Castle of our Skins, 2018/19 Season, #BarberBLO, #HollywoodBLO, Year in Review

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