Ed Tapper

Review: BLO Celebrates 18th Century Black Composer Chevalier with Handsome Production of Opera Rarity
Review: BLO Celebrates 18th Century Black Composer Chevalier with Handsome Production of Opera Rarity

In celebration of Black History Month, Boston Lyric Opera presented an operatic rarity by one of the most colorful figures in music history, Joseph Bologne, a.k.a. Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

by Ed Tapper | Feb 20

Boston Lyric Opera Delights in Updated Take on Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' ('Cinderella')
Boston Lyric Opera Delights in Updated Take on Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' ('Cinderella')

Boston Lyric Opera's final 2023 offering is an absolutely delightful production of "La Cenerentola," Rossini's rendition of the Cinderella tale.

by Ed Tapper | Nov 11, 2023

BLO's Rethought 'Madama Butterfly' Neutralizes Opera's Drama
BLO's Rethought 'Madama Butterfly' Neutralizes Opera's Drama

Boston Lyric Opera's season-opener, Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" has been rethought, but not for the best in Phil Chan's muddled production.

by Ed Tapper | Sep 19, 2023

Review: A Stirring immersive Boston Lyric Opera Double-bill of 'Bluebeard's Castle/Four Songs'
Review: A Stirring immersive Boston Lyric Opera Double-bill of 'Bluebeard's Castle/Four Songs'

After a lengthy hiatus, Boston Lyric Opera is back in action with a stirring double bill being presented at the Flynn Cruiseport in Boston's Seaport district.

by Ed Tapper | Mar 26, 2023

Boston's Odyssey Opera Is Back with New CD and Recent Performance
Boston's Odyssey Opera Is Back with New CD and Recent Performance

With a recording of a little-heard opera and a performance of rarely-seen Rachmaninoff operas, Odyssey Opera returns to its ambitious roots.

by Ed Tapper | Sep 29, 2022

Review: Merrily We 'La Boheme?' Puccini Opera Told Backwards in Boston Lyric Opera Production
Review: Merrily We 'La Boheme?' Puccini Opera Told Backwards in Boston Lyric Opera Production

Using a device made famous by Stephen Sondheim in the musical "Merrily We Roll Along," the Boston Lyric Opera's "La Boheme" tells Puccini's opera backward. But does it work?

by Ed Tapper | Sep 27, 2022

Review: Boston Lyric Opera's Outdoor 'Romeo & Juliet' a Treat
Review: Boston Lyric Opera's Outdoor 'Romeo & Juliet' a Treat

Boston music lovers can treat on a rare outdoor performance of Gounod's classic operatic treatment of Shakespeare on August 13 on the Boston Common.

by Ed Tapper | Aug 12, 2022

BLO Stages Well-sung 'Cavalleria Rusticana' to the Seaport
BLO Stages Well-sung 'Cavalleria Rusticana' to the Seaport

The Boston Lyric Opera returned to live performance with a well-sung "Cavalleria Rusticana" at an unusual venue.

by Ed Tapper | Oct 4, 2021

Handel and Haydn Society's Brandenburgs a Delight
Handel and Haydn Society's Brandenburgs a Delight

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are amongst the most popular pieces in the Baroque repertoire, and Boston's Handel and Haydn Society offered a polish reading of them this past weekend

by Ed Tapper | Dec 9, 2019

Boston Lyric Opera's LGBTQ-themed 'Fellow Travelers' Succeeds on Virtually Every Level
Boston Lyric Opera's LGBTQ-themed 'Fellow Travelers' Succeeds on Virtually Every Level

In addition to its superlative staging of "Fellow Travelers," BLO must be credited for having the courage to present a large-scale, gay-themed, operatic work, and for treating the subject with dignity and compassion.

by Ed Tapper | Nov 15, 2019


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