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Boston's 2014 opera highlights

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Though there is no grand house in Boston dedicated solely to the performance of opera such as there are in New York and Chicago, Boston's opera scene could not be more alive. After the closing of Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera remained one of the only steady going companies in Boston, but new companies, such as Odyssey Opera and Opera Brittenica, continue to sprout. Companies aside, Boston has a wealth of musical education with strong financial foundations and talented young singers. The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Boston University Opera Institute are only three such institutions who invariably bring high-caliber opera performances to the public.

Single opera performances can also be hear through many of Boston's symphonically based organizations. In early March the newly appointed music director and acclaimed opera conductor, Andris Nelsons, will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Strauss' "Salome" and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra presents "Tosca" in mid-January as its annual semi-staged opera.

Boston Baroque keeps ornate early opera on the scene with Rameau's "La Guirlande" and Monteverdi's "Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria."

Though a little more searching and sifting is necessary, there is no lack of opera in Boston.

The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory

Boston's numerous conservatories and universities continue to deliver a mixture of both rare and well-loved operas with stunning casts and innovative stagings. After their ambitious production of Janacek's "The Cunning Little Vixen," the Boston Conservatory moves into 2014 with plans for a semi-staged concert of Mozart's beloved "Die Zauberflöte" and a fully staged production of Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia."

Boston University Opera Institute
Boston University Opera Institute Boston University

Boston University Opera Institute

Boston University's Opera Institute has also brought riveting performances of opera hits and rarities to the public of Boston. This spring will bring a production of Daniel Catan's "Florencia en el Amazonas," sung in Spanish, followed up by Mozart's dramma giocoso, "Don Giovanni."

Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club
Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club www.hrdctheater.com/

Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club

The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club fosters much more than simply opera, but the efforts of this small-scale group bring sizable results. In 2014 the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club will bring Mozart's comedy, "Cosi Fan Tutte" and Delibes' "Lakme" to the stage.

Boston Lyric Opera
Boston Lyric Opera blo.org

Boston Lyric Opera

Currently Boston's stablest opera company, Boston Lyric Opera, continues its 2013/2014 season with Verdi's "Rigoletto" and closes with Bellini's tragic "I Puritani." These productions feature singers from past BLO productions, including Nadine Sierra, Sarah Coburn, and John Tessier.

Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston

Though the Celebrity Series of Boston is not bring opera to Boston, they are bringing a host of the world's most acclaimed opera stars to Boston stages for captivating recitals and liederabends. The remainder of the Celebrity Series' 2013/2014 season will feature opera stars Gerald Finley, Natalie Dessay, Nicholas Phan, Deborah Voigt, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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