Traditionalists may say that Carmen needs no modernization, but if anything were to revive opera in the Boston Opera House, this would be it.
On Saturday, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts hosted its first #mfaNOW event, an all-night celebration of contemporary art intended to draw in the city’s younger crowd.
The Lilypad, a tiny performance space and art gallery at the heart of Inman, is a far cry from the frenzy of university life. The venue hosts writers, musicians, and artists and, according to its website, brings audiences “The Most Original Live Music in the World. Every night.”
The strength of the ensemble, combined with well-executed music and a truly unique set design, created an opera that was a truly fruitful reimagination of the original.
Joshua Bell showcased the elegance of the violin in a superb performance with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Sunday. Performing four wildly different pieces, the world-renowned musician and the chamber orchestra that he directs unleashed both their technical brilliance and emotional exuberance.
Tender and passionate, romantic and epic, beautiful and destructive, Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of “Werther” gave a powerful interpretation of the archetypal legend of unrequited love. An iteration of French musician Jules Massenet’s 1887 adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s classic, the performance was BLO’s first rendition of the piece in almost 20 years. What they brought to the stage was more than worth the wait.