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Review: ''Clemency,'' Boston Lyric Opera's new commission

Intrepid patrons braved ice and slush and Boston's parking ban for the North American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan's Clemency (co-commissioned by BLO).

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 22, 2013
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Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly

"Were you bored?" I overheard a woman walking up the aisle say to her companion. "No," he answered, "I loved it." "Are you sure?" she replied.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 09, 2012
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Emmanuel’s late Mozart, NEC’s early Britten, BSO guest conductors, and Boston Lyric Opera’s The Inspector

By an odd coincidence, two recent events included two of Boston's best-loved singers in non-singing roles, artists who've been teamed in some of Boston's most memorable opera productions: baritone James Maddalena and soprano Susan Larson, essential membe
Plus, Boston Conservatory’s The Apple Tree , Charles Strouse at Longy, and Helen Grime at the Gardner
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 27, 2012
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BLO’s Barber of Seville; plus Eschenbach leads the BSO, Boston Baroque’s Mozart, and the Yiddish songs of Lazar Weiner

In his program note for the Boston Lyric Opera production of Rossini's effervescent The Barber of Seville (Shubert Theatre, through March 18), music director David Angus asks us to listen extra carefully to this irresistible score, however familiar it
Cutting it close
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 16, 2012
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BLO illuminates Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse

What better place for an opera set mostly at a lighthouse than in a room with a vast curved window looking out onto Boston Harbor?
Beams of light and fright
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 10, 2012


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Boston Lyric Opera opens with Verdi's Macbeth

There's too much tinkering here with Verdi's first serious attempt to capture Shakespeare.
Double double
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 11, 2011
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BLO does Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream

After last season's The Turn of the Screw, Boston Lyric Opera has returned to Benjamin Britten with A Midsummer Night's Dream, an adaptation of Shakespeare (at the Shubert Theatre through May 10).  
 Dream, dream, dream
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 06, 2011
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Handel from BLO and the Cecilia, musicals at the conservatories, and Teatro Lirico's farewell

Boston Lyric Opera is presenting (at the Shubert Theatre through March 22) Handel's first hit opera, Agrippina, a black comedy about ruthless power, lust, and the shreds of nobility. Anyone who still thinks Handel is unrelievedly solemn should rush to th
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By LOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 18, 2011
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Bard, Bach, Borromeo: Boston's Spring classical music preview

The classical-music season continues at full throttle this spring. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and our local companies and schools have some of their most exciting offerings in store. Here are some of the events betwee
Three B's and more this spring
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 18, 2011
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Opera from BLO, the Met, and Teatro Lirico, plus top-level conducting at the BSO

Opera in Boston is now back in full swing. Boston Lyric Opera, with a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston led by Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt, gave a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ul
Good works
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 18, 2011


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Review: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis

The Boston Lyric Opera, with Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt and a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston, has given us a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien created i
Boston Lyric Opera pulls out the stops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Giving thanks: The Cantata Singers' Wyner and Vaughan Williams

One of the pleasures aroused by the anticipation of a new work by Yehudi Wyner is the certainty that the outcome will arouse even greater pleasure.
Plus Boston Lyric Opera's Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 12, 2010
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Fall Classical Preview: The power of music

Here’s my Top 10 list, in chronological order, of some of the season’s most appealing and important classical music events: symphonies, chamber music, operas.
 And, we hope, the good health of James Levine
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 17, 2010
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Welsh rarebit

Boston Lyric Opera hasn't had much success lately with either its home-grown or its second-hand products, but its latest import — the Welsh National Opera's 2004 production of Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss's third collaboration with Hugo von Hofman
Boston Lyric Opera's imported Ariadne
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 19, 2010
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Bach beat

Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 12, 2010


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Double trouble

Boston Lyric Opera's debut Opera Annex production was so good in so many ways, it's painful that one bad idea just about sank it.
BLO's The Turn of the S crew, Levine's Carter and Simon Boccanegra, Teatro Lirico, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 12, 2010
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John Harbison plus 10

Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 01, 2010
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Almost

The Boston Lyric Opera comes maddeningly close to having a good Carmen . (The production continues at the Shubert Theatre through November 17.) Keith Lockhart leads a superb orchestra and chorus and a cast of plausible singers/actors in a compelling i
BLO's Carmen, the BSO's Beethoven, Emmanuel Music's Haydn and Schoenberg
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 13, 2009
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Baroque and beyond

Ten-best lists usually come at the end of the season, but this year the Phoenix has asked its critics to provide a calendar of 10 events that, at least on paper, might wind up on an end-of-season Top 10. Boston, in case you didn't know it, is a great
Betting on the best this fall
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 18, 2009
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Slideshow: Don Giovanni at Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Lyric Opera presents Don Giovanni
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By T. CHARLES ERICKSON  |  May 01, 2009


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A little history

Two of Boston's most admired and honored composers (both Pulitzer winners) have just celebrated landmark birthdays: Yehudi Wyner his 80th and John Harbison his 70th.
Yehudi Wyner and John Harbison, Susanna Mälkki with the BSO, Natalia Gutman with the BPO, and BLO's Don Giovanni
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 01, 2009
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Slideshow: BLO's Rusalka

Photos of the Boston Lyric Opera's Rusalka at the Shubert Theatre
Boston Lyric Opera performs Rusalka at the Shubert Theatre on March 31, 2009  
By JEFFREY DUNN  |  March 24, 2009
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Mad love

The destructive power of jealousy makes a good subject for opera.
John Harbison's Winter's Tale, Dvorák's Rusalka, Hans Graf with the BSO, Mark Morris's music
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 24, 2009
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Contertizing

Boston Lyric Opera follows up Dvorák’s moonstruck Rusalka, with Christopher Schaldebrand in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the BSO and much more.
From Don Giovanni’s hell to Haydn’s Creation
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 17, 2009
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What exactly is the opera experience?

"There's this completely wrong stereotype about opera," says Roxanna Myhrum of the Boston Opera Collaborative.
Multi-media score
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 22, 2009


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On (and off) track

It’s an expensive, elegant set, a lovingly detailed theatrical reproduction of railway cars on the Orient Express, the famous train connecting Paris and Istanbul.

Boston Lyric Opera’s Seraglio, BU’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Andy Vores’s No Exit, the BPO’s Bartók and Brahms


By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 29, 2008
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Photos: The Boston Lyric Opera's Idomeneo at the Shubert Theatre

The BLO performs Idomeneo at the Shubert | April 23-May 4, 2010
The BLO performs Idomeneo at the Shubert | April 23-May 4, 2010
By CHARLES ERICKSON  |  January 01, 1900