Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Holy Monteverdi, Batman! I haven’t been this excited since I got to see Lady Gaga back home in Pittsburgh! Boston Lyric Opera is offering STUDENT SUBSCRIPTIONS?! Surely, this must be pure jest. Opera is exclusively reserved for the blue hairs, hoity toity socialites, and pretentious art lovers. The stuff in opera is way to highbrow to be appreciated by the likes of us rowdy college students.

But, that isn’t the case at all. Operas were the original musical and, dare I say, the original movie. Wagner created epic mythological tales through his Der Ring des Nibelungen, while Puccini poured emotion, romance, and tragedy into La bohème. By the way, these two operas are inspirations to modern day works! Have you ever seen The Lord of the Rings or Rent? You should probably read this article for a great comparison of Wagner and Tolkien, and Rent is a direct adaptation of Puccini’s La bohème.

So, if operas are about love, manipulation, tragedy, myth, violence, betrayal, and anything else from the mystery bag of emotions, themes, and plots, then there is no reason for you to miss out on an opera. Especially since they have indeed inspired modern works (You can’t even prove me wrong on this one. Look at the above…)! It would be similar to missing out on the blockbuster of the year, or the movie that everyone is talking about, but you. Especially since the blockbuster you would be missing would be a fabulous BLO production. The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to produce artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences. BLO does, has done, and will do exactly that in this 2010-2011 Season. We will go from tormented and torturous love in Tosca, to the provocative morality play of The Emperor of Atlantis or Death Quits, a comedy of Roman proportions in Agrippina, and enter the land of confusion in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

I couldn’t be more excited for this Season, especially as a student. A great offer waits ahead, as well as even greater productions. I can’t wait to see where the productions take the audiences physically and mentally this Season, by way of unearthly talent and genius collaboration on stage to make these stories come to life.

See you soon!

- Jessica Trainor, Boston College

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