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On Saturday, February 22, 2020 over two hundred patrons of the opera came together for the annual Boston Lyric Opera Gala at The State Room.

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This year’s stunningly produced event celebrating Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Direct Esther Nelson’s tenth season with the BLO featured stunning live opera performances embedded throughout the evening. Emmy award winning arts and entertainment critic for CBS-Boston, Joyce Kulhawik, served as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed guests along with BLO Musical Director David Angus.

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Philanthropists rubbed elbows with a variety of young sopranos, altos, basses, and tenors of The Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist program strategically seated at each table while enjoying a sumptuous three course meal, open bar, and table wine service. The Emerging Artists gave incredible surprise performances throughout the evening, along with the BLO Orchestra and Chorus, in addition to a preview of the much-lauded upcoming show, Norma.

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Over $850,000 was raised throughout the evening to help keep the BLO’s operatic programming alive and well throughout venues in Boston, and working towards their eventual goal of a more permanent home.

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I don’t usually play favorites with my charity events, but the BLO Gala has been the highlight of the 2020 winter season for its innovation in combining art and charity, making for a fun evening that was anything but stuffy and certainly a refreshing departure from the norm.

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Photos courtesy of Above Summit and by Socially Superlative

Boston Lyric Opera Gala 2020