Boston Lyric Opera Launches With ‘We Need to Listen: Conversations that Matter’

By Francisco Salazar, Boston Lyric Opera’s (BLO) new streaming service that showcases content for longtime opera lovers and newcomers alike, is set to debut next week with “We Need to Listen: Conversations that Matter.”

The new talk-show-style series is hosted by Celeste Headlee and explores issues of race in classical music. In this new three-part discussion series, award-winning journalist, author, public media anchor and classically trained singer Celeste Headlee will dive deep into origins and potential solutions, leading lively and insightful discussions with music industry leaders, as well as rising and established stars who want the art form to be more equitable, diverse and accountable.

The series was produced on Zoom, with viewers reacting in real-time. Among the series episodes will be “Hiring and Talent Managements,” and “The Audience Experience.”

Operabox content will be available at, and soon on Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.