Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Boston Lyric Opera

Both locally and beyond, Boston Lyric Opera leads the way in celebrating the art of the voice through innovative programming and community engagement initiatives that redefine the opera-going experience. BLO is the largest and longest-lived opera company in New England, with a mission to build curiosity, enthusiasm and support for opera by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources for the Boston community and beyond. Since its founding in 1976, the company has staged world premieres, U.S. premieres, co-productions and co-commissions of note with organizations such as The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Scottish Opera, and continues to be a destination for some of the leading artists, conductors, directors and designers from around the world. Under the vibrant leadership of Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson, BLO’s productions have been described by Musical America magazine as “part of the national dialogue” because of their role as entry points for new audiences. The New York Times observed that BLO “clearly intends [its productions] to catch the interest of operagoers around the country.” This view is shared by the nearly 25,000 people who experience BLO each year through dynamic performances, extensive partnerships with leading cultural organizations—like Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Boston Public Library—and programs throughout our vastly diverse and exuberant community.BLO’s programming remains faithful to tradition while blazing new ground, building audiences, and creating new ways to enhance the opera-going experience. Artists in our Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artists initiative work to hone their craft and prepare themselves for other world-leading stages. BLO’s wide-reaching education initiatives introduce opera to new audiences across generations. Through your support and attendance, BLO employs nearly 350 artists and creative professionals annually—vocalists, artisans, stagehands, costumers, and scenic designers—many of whom are members of our own community. The Company is proud to play a significant and meaningful role in Boston’s vibrant arts community.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Esther
Job Title/Position: 
General & Artistic Director
Fax: 
617-542-4913
Physical Address: 
11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
Last Name: 
Nelson
Phone: 
617-542-4912

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Opera
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Opera
Year Founded: 
1970
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
School Groups
Languages Available: 
French
German
Italian
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Theater Technical Production
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
78
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Fall
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
OPERA America

Accessibility of Services

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