opera company

Opera Company of Boston

The Opera Company of Boston was founded by the American conductor Sarah Caldwell in Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. At one time, the touring arm of the company was called Opera New England.

During its thirty-three year history, it gained international acclaim for its innovative programming. Under the leadership of Caldwell, the company staged the American premieres of such operas as Arnold Schoenberg's Moses and Aron, Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace, Hector Berlioz' Les Troyens and Benvenuto Cellini, Luigi Nono's Intolleranza, Alban Berg's Lulu, and Roger Sessions' Montezuma.

Many well-known North American opera singers have performed with the company, including Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, and Jon Vickers.

Among the many designers who worked with the company were Rudolf Heinrich, Ming Cho Lee, Herbert Senn, Helen Pond, Gilbert V. Hemsley Jr., David Sharir.

Some of the company's "home" theaters were the Donnelly Theater (now demolished), the Shubert Theatre, MIT's Kresge Auditorium, the Cyclorama, the Tufts University Field House, and the Orpheum Theater. In 1980, they acquired the Boston Opera House. A touring arm was called Opera New England *

The company closed in 1991.

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