BOC's "Family Feuds" : Three Stories, One Wild Ride

BOC's "Family Feuds" : Three Stories, One Wild Ride

Boston Opera Collaborative mounted a lean but impressive production of "Family Feuds" at Central Square Theater last weekend. Raked seating surrounded the modest but thoughtful set on three sides, giving immediate access to the performers -- not a bad seat in the house. This unique program brought together three one-act operas, each with its own cast, director, and pianist (no orchestra or other instruments present). As implied by the title, the three stand-alone stories had similar themes: family we love, family we choose, and family we are stuck with. Three stories, one wild ride.

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BOC's Trimmed "Faust et Marguerite" Is a Treat To Cherish

BOC's Trimmed "Faust et Marguerite" Is a Treat To Cherish

Boston Opera Collaborative celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season, and they continue to innovate the Greater Boston opera community with its recent production of Charles Gounod’s Faust et Marguerite. Stripped to ninety minutes of intimate song, faith, and redemption, the Boston Opera Collaborative's Faust et Marguerite is an astonishing treat for modern audiences to experience the splendid music in a truly intimate atmosphere and storytelling. For those familiar with the Faust legend, you will find a brand-new story full of love and suspense, featuring some masterful work by soprano Emily Jensen as Marguerite. 

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"Albert Herring" is Accessible Opera for All

Boston Opera Collaborative expands its repertoire by performing Benjamin Britten’s rarely-performed three-act opera Albert Herring at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre as a part of the Free for All Concert Fund. Directed and orchestrated by 2013 My Theatre (Boston) Award-winning Stage Director Katherine Carter, and Music Director and Conductor Andrew Altenbach, the accessible production is a treat for all ages, expertly sung in English and also including English supertitles. With clever staging and gorgeous vocal flourishes, Albert Herring was a charming chap for an afternoon at the theatre.

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"La Cenerentola" Casts A Magical Spell of Delight

One of my goals for the new season is to broaden the scope of My Theatre’s Boston division. Therefore, I was delighted to attend Boston Opera Collaborative’s (“BOC”) La Cenerentola (“Cinderella”) by Gioachino Rossini. BOC delivers nothing better than a professional performance, for the viewing and listening pleasure of an audience of all ages. Performed at the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, BOC’s Cinderella was a pleasure, complete with superb singing, enjoyable acting, and exquisite musicianship and directing.

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