Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Welcome to the Family: Meet Ryan Jimenez & Bradley Vernatter

BLO is thrilled to introduce the newest members of our opera family: Ryan Jimenez, our new Managing Director of Operations & Marketing Communications, and Bradley Vernatter, our new Director of Production. 

Read the news release about these two all-around good guys:
BLO Announces Key Senior Staff Appointments

Managing Director of Operations
& Marketing Communications
Photo: Michael Lamont
Director of Production

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Introducing: The Opera Gala

As a professional event planner, I am often asked about the “shelf life” of an event.  How long can a group continue to produce the “same” event (no matter how successful) before it becomes stale? How can a reinvigorated event help to raise more money, shine a spotlight on the organization, and really feature their mission?

While the answer is different for every organization, there were many reasons why Boston Lyric Opera decided it was time to bring the curtain up on a newly imagined Opera Gala.

BLO is an integral part of Boston’s vibrant performing arts community and is in an exciting time of growth and change; the stakes have never been higher. In conjunction with my co-chairs, Ann Beha and Jessica Donohue, we have designed an October evening that focuses not only on fun but also on what BLO is known for – opera.

At the center of “The Opera Gala, A Season Opening Celebration  is a presentation of Mozart’s classic The Magic Flute. Staged within a contemporary context and sung in English, this excitingly updated version is the perfect way to introduce opera-shy friends to BLO. Additionally, the flexible ticket pricing will allow more people than ever before to join us for the Gala, the production and the post-performance party. In short, there is something for everyone. 

Before settling in to savor the John Conklin designed sets in the Shubert Theatre, over 350 Gala guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with pop-up performances, music and a sumptuous dinner served in the splendor of the Wang Center.

The hand selected event partners for the Gala celebration include The Catered Affair, Be Our Guest, Winston Flowers and artistic partner ART.  We are inspired by the collaboration with our enthusiastic partners and remain so appreciative of their support.

Prior to curtain the Gala guests will be escorted (with appropriate pomp and circumstance!) to the Shubert where they will join other opening night opera lovers for the performance. The Magic Flute cast, all with deep ties to Boston, are not only Boston Strong, they are Boston talented.

The Gala is exciting, ambitious and full of opportunity for BLO. The new format will allow more people than ever before to celebrate the start of the season with a full BLO production. It is an inviting opportunity to meet new friends by supporting the Gala and, perhaps even more enticing, is the post-performance celebration highlighted by cocktails, dessert, and a host of unique surprises, all of which make the event more accessible to younger opera patrons. Look for a blog post later this summer where we will share more of the details of that exciting element of The Opera Gala!

In the meantime, please visit BLO’s website to learn more about The Opera Gala, The Magic Flute and how you can purchase tickets to the entire evening.

Lynn Dale
BLO Overseer
Co-chair of The Opera Gala