Arizona Opera 2019-20 Review: Fellow Travelers

On November 8, 2019, Arizona Opera presented composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce’s 2016 opera “Fellow Travelers.” Premiered at Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago presented the work in March 2018, and Minnesota Opera staged it three months later. That is not a surprise to anyone who has heard its enchantingly original music. Yes, it has its Puccini-style moments, but it also relates to much earlier music and contains tonal vocal harmony rarely heard in 21st century opera. Spears’ music shows human grace and warmth one moment and counteracts it with chilling dissonance the next. Thus, he magnifies and intensifies the conflict between characters. 

Boston Lyric Opera To Premiere ‘Fellow Travelers’

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 {…}

Elena Stikhina, Alfred Walker & Wallis Giunta Headline Boston Lyric Opera’s 2019-20 Season

Boston Lyric Opera has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring productions that span three centuries of opera. The upcoming season will mark General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson’s 10th season with the company. According to the press release, BLO aims to focus on works that “reflect the highs and lows of power and politics,” while “bringing passionate opera installations to new neighborhoods, and {…}