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Odes to Joy

Last season’s stars are here today, performing songs that warm their hearts — in the hope that they can warm yours too. Stream all the original mini concerts today in our “Odes to Joy” series.


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From the Blog

May 27, 2020

Secrets & Masks Bel Canto as Drama in Lucrezia Borgia

The premiere of Lucrezia Borgia on December 26, 1833 came at a crucial period in the thirty-six-year-old Gaetano Donizetti’s career. Although he had already accumulated substantial experience writing for the stage—by this point his complete list of operas, including incomplete and unperformed scores, tallied more than forty—the composer was riding the crest of fame that had really begun with the success of his “lyrical tragedy” Anna Bolena three years earlier.

May 27, 2020

Profile: Gaetano Maria Donizetti

Born on November 29, 1797 in Bergamo and baptized Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, the future composer was the fifth of six siblings. In 1806, Donizetti was admitted to the music school in Bergamo. There, he was guided by Giovanni Simone Mayr, the distinguished Bavarian composer famous for his operas throughout Italy.

May 25, 2020

Director’s Note: Lucrezia Borgia – A Story of Love and the Misogyny of History

To understand the emotions behind the dramatic story line of Lucrezia Borgia, I feel that it is vital to bear in mind the social and historical background of the characters. Despite the fact that Lucrezia Borgia has been known primarily as a beautiful poisoner, there is an excellent case for viewing her as more victim than villain.

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Opening Night Celebration

September 11, 2020


September 12–October 1, 2020


September 13–October 4, 2020

Così fan tutte

October 6–28, 2020

The Handmaid's Tale

October 29–November 22, 2020

La Bohème

November 15–December 6, 2020

The Barber of Seville

April 25–May 16, 2021

Der Zwerg

April 27–May 15, 2021

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News From the Press Room

May 14, 2020

Upcoming streaming performances

Streaming performances from the archives continue May 16 with The Capulets and the Montagues.

May 7, 2020

Diversity, Equity and Community online

Department of Diversity, Equity and Community launches new online programs this month.

April 14, 2020

2020 Summer Season canceled

The 2020 Summer Season has been canceled due ot the COVID-19 pandemic.