Opera in the 21st Century: Bridging Tradition and Innovation

A colorful red and blue scene from BLO's production of Eurydice.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

MIT's Killian Hall (14W-111)
Next to the Hayden Library
160 Memorial Dr.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Opera in the 21st Century: Bridging Tradition and Innovation

presented by Boston Lyric Opera

What makes opera—an art form with four centuries of history and tradition—compelling for 21st century audiences? We joined groundbreaking opera company Boston Lyric Opera for an exploration of the producing practices that make opera resonate powerfully today. Exploring re-imagined classics, new commissions, and more, this concert/lecture included live musical performances, design presentations, and a lively artist discussion with Q&A.

About our presenters

Agustín Rayo, Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), will introduce the program. Moderated by BLO’s Senior Director of Public Engagement Sara O’Brien, the program will include remarks by BLO scenic designer and MIT Music and Theater Arts Associate Professor Sara Brown.

About the Boston Lyric Opera

Hailed for "Setting the stage for the future of opera...and cracking open notions of what opera can be" (-Jared Bowen, GBH), Boston Lyric Opera inspires, entertains, and connects communities through compelling opera performances, programs, and gatherings to create operatic moments that enrich everyday life. In Boston and beyond, BLO leads the way in celebrating the art of the voice through innovative programming and community engagement initiatives that redefine the opera-going experience. Since the company's founding in 1976, BLO has become the largest and longest-lived opera company in New England. BLO has produced world and U.S. premieres, Pulitzer Prize-winning operas, and notable commissions and co-productions ranging from live staged shows to films streamed worldwide. BLO engages the talents of over 500 artists each year, and continues to be a destination for leading musicians, conductors, directors, and designers from around the world. To learn more, visit the Boston Lyric Opera website!