Boston is of course a city filled with institutions of higher learning and abundant musical avenues. The Longwood Opera fills a unique niche giving amature singers a place to showcase their talent, charisma and a place just to have fun.
The Longwood opera may have taken its name from famous Longwood Medical Area intersected by Brookline and Longwood Avenues. (There is also a very notable Longwood Symphony led by Charles Ansbacher, a local icon). For a nominal charge, one can sit in the Christ Episcopal Church in Needham and hear several hours of varied music. J Scott Brumit is largely responsible for this marvelous effort along with Jeffery Brody, the music director.
July 13: Broadway Melodies August 10: An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan
August 17: More Operatic Scenes
August 24: More Broadway Melodies
August 31: A Gala Night of Opera
As you can see, they also did a very abridged version of "The Ring" sung in English.
Hats off to all of the performers and volunteers at the Longwood Opera as we always leave with a warm feeling of good camaraderie. We have conversed with several performers and indeed made friends of parents of the performers. On a somewhat humourous aside, the women usually dress much better than the men. You realy have to admire the dedication of the performers to rehearse, prepare and deliver the goods. As we have begin to know some of the performers, one can only truly appreciate their dedication. Opera is far from dead and these individuals as mentors and performers will keep Opera alive. They even have a tee short which is emblazened with Opera for All. In years past, they have sold records, tapes and CD's that were given by donation. Tickets available at the doors are a very good value, parking is available across the street. Bring your hearts, ears and soul and you will be more than amply entertained.
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