Boston Lyric Opera To Premiere ‘Fellow Travelers’

By Francisco Salazar

Boston Lyric Opera presents the New England premiere of “Fellow Travelers.”

The opera by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce’s is a political drama that follows a gay romance through the McCarthy-era “lavender scare.”

The production is set to star Jesse Blumberg, Jesse Darden, Chelsea Basler, Simon Dyer James Maddalena, David McFerrin, Michelle Trainor, Vincent Turregano, and Brianna Robinson.

The production will be directed by Peter Rothstein, artistic director of Theater Latte Da who directed the original Minnesota Opera production. San Francisco-based conductor Emily Senturia leads the BLO orchestra with set designer Sara Brown, costume designer Trevor Bowen, and lighting by Mary Shabatura.

“Fresh off our production of the Italian verismo opera ‘Pagliacci,’ we follow up with what is, in fact, an American verismo opera — and one of the most successful American operas of the last few years. It follows the lives of two men in a troubling time of American history,” BLO Artistic and General Director Esther Nelson said in a press release. “The story is relevant and resonant today, and I’m particularly proud it showcases so many of BLO’s former Emerging Artists.”

The production is set to open on Nov. 13 through 17, 2019 at Emerson Paramount Center.