Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why opera? Why me?

Opera can be tough.  It’s long, it’s expensive and the audience is full of older people.  Not to  mention, expensive tickets!  So, why would I want to be part of an organization that creates opera?

Opera is a vibrant art form!  It encompasses instrumental musicians, dancers, singers, fantastic sets and beautiful costumes.  This is one of the only art forms that can reach a vast audience due to the complexity of the production.  Coming from a classical music background in trumpet, opera wasn’t on my immediate radar.  During my undergraduate career, I was part of the pit orchestra for two operas and had gotten my first taste.  It was super fun to be part of the artistic experience!  I loved to work with the singers and production team, but I was focused solely on orchestral music at the time.   However, my internship with the BLO has given me the ability to appreciate the multi-faceted opera scene.  Not only is opera incredibly interesting, it expresses the human condition in a way that can touch anyone’s heart.  So, why not take advantage of the reasonable ticket prices and experience live opera today? 

- Katherine Ludington, Boston University

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