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From Jurowski to Gatsby: 10 top-notch spring events hosted at Boston's premier classical-music venues

Last year, Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski's BSO debut with Shostakovich's daunting Fourth Symphony was Boston's most thrilling orchestral concert in a long time.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013
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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 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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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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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


Boston Lyric Opera presents "Idomeneo Re Di Creta"

Boston Lyric Opera presents "Idomeneo Re Di Creta"


Like the Biblical Jephthah, Idomeneo king of Crete vows to sacrifice the first person he sees in return for favors granted by Heaven — and...
By webteam  |  April 21, 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
Boston Lyric Opera perform Strauss with Erik Nielsen

Boston Lyric Opera perform Strauss with Erik Nielsen


Anticipating the modern mash-up, Richard Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos (1916) finds an opera company sharing the stage with a commedia dell'arte troupe, the idea being...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010
Boston Lyric Opera conducted by Keith Lockhart - Bizet's Carmen

Boston Lyric Opera conducted by Keith Lockhart - Bizet's Carmen


You saw the ballet (last week at the Opera House, if you were lucky) - now hear the opera! Boston Lyric Opera opens its season...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 03, 2009
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Seasons' greetings

It may not be December 1963, but oh what a night is Jersey Boys (at the Shubert Theatre through September 26) for boomers wishing to enjoy the soundtrack of their youth set against a mix of Forever Plaid and GoodFellas .
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 07, 2009


Jersey Boys at Shubert Theatre

Jersey Boys at Shubert Theatre


“Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk like a Man,” and “Dawn” are among the hits that’ll be blasting from the Shubert speakers as Jersey Boys...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 22, 2009
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Don Giovanni


Everybody’s closing out the 2008–2009 season. Boston Lyric Opera waves goodbye (and so does its her...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 22, 2009
Center Stage: Our picks for spring's must-see performances

Center Stage: Our picks for spring's must-see performances



Contrary to what the Aqua song led us to believe, life in plastic isn't always so fantastic - a fact Lotte Jones, the central character of Trojan Barbie (pictured above), knows all too well. A doll-repair expert who is in serious need of a vacation, she embarks on a Turkish getaway, only to end up traveling much further than she intended ... all the way back to the time of the Trojan War. Stuck in a detention camp with a cast of characters that includes Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and Helen of Troy, Lotte learns firsthand how war devastates human lives, no matter what millennium you happen to find yourself in. With humor and historical drama, contemporary commentary and clever allusions to Euripides' Trojan Women, this play - which is getting its world premiere from the folks at the American Repertory Theatre - has
By Stuff Boston  |  April 02, 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


Boston Lyric Opera's Rusalka

Boston Lyric Opera's Rusalka


 Forsaking the tried and true, Boston Lyric Opera dips its toe into Antonín Dvorák’s enchanting...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 18, 2009
EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES I: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES I: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN


 BOSTON LYRIC OPERA opens its new production of Jacques Offenbach’s great LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 05, 2008
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Not through yet

Paul Taylor brags that he’s violated just about every taboo in American culture over his 50-plus years of creative work and he’s not through yet.
Paul Taylor at the Shubert, plus Morgan Thorson’s Faker
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 05, 2007
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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