The Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) has announced the conclusion of its initiative, “The Butterfly Process”, and will close the project with a public town hall, a series of films and a new production of “Madama Butterfly”, scheduled for the 2023 edition. the company. -24 season.
The scheduled events complete an 18-month deep dive into the standard repertoire that explored Puccini’s “Butterfly” in particular.
BLO will livestream the final public meeting on May 26, 2022, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Previous iterations of the forum have featured conversations between artists, composers, historians, and scholars. The closing discussion will recap and reflect on issues such as cultural stereotyping and appropriation, impact on artists and audiences, casting, and more.
Them.” The film series, available to stream now, is a six-part music and interview series programmed by BLO artistic advisor Vimbayi Kaziboni. Featured artists include soprano Yulan Piao, mezzo-soprano Zaray Rodriguez , baritone Nicholas LaGesse and BLO artistic advisor and founder of the Asian Opera Alliance, Nina Yoshida Nelsen.Musical selections feature operas, lieder and show tunes and include Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander composers (AAPI) and music by non-AAPI composers inspired by Asian culture.
Finally, BLO Acting General and Artistic Director Bradley Vernatter announced a new production “Madama Butterfly” for Boston Lyric Opera’s 2023-24 season. In a press release, Vernatter said: “Through our listening, conversations and thinking over the past 18 months, we look forward to re-engaging with ‘Madama Butterfly’, armed with new resources and relationships for this journey. artistic. We are committed to producing intentional and inclusive production that is relevant and accessible to performers and audience members, with casting, directing and artistic choices that provide a richer experience for everyone.