SEEKING singers FOR lA gROTTA DI TROFONIO (09.23.15)
Lowell House Opera is currently seeking singers for its 2016 show. Auditions will occur October 18th (2-5pm), October 19th (4-6pm), and October 20th (7-9:30pm). If interested, please prepare two contrasting arias (at least one in Italian) and sign up for an audition slot at this poll. Then, please fill out your contact information and time slot using this form.
LOWELL HOUSE OPERA ANNOUNCES ITS 2016 SEASON (09.15.15)
This spring, Lowell House Opera will bring to life the U.S. premiere of Antonio Salieri's comic opera La Grotta di Trofonio (Trofonio's Cave). When a magician inadvertently swaps the boisterous and bookish personalities of two sets of lovers just before their wedding days, crazy antics ensue. La Grotta di Trofonio was a major success in its time, by a composer whose fame and popularity in Vienna far outweighed that of his younger colleague, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri's score sparkles with inventive orchestration and exquisite melodies, and displays the fluid dramatic pacing of a true theatrical composer. The production will be double cast with covers, fully staged with orchestra, and sung in the original Italian. Cast: 4 men, 2 women.
Lowell House Opera announces its new music director for the 2016 season (07.17.15)
It is with great excitement that we announce that Edward Jones will be assuming the role of the company's music director for the upcoming 2016 season. Ed is the Gund University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University, where he directs the music program in Memorial Church. A graduate of Cambridge University, Ed has been on the LHO board for years and is excited to be assuming his new role in the upcoming season. Stay tuned for the announcement of our upcoming show in early September!
LOWELL HOUSE OPERA PLAYS A WINNING QUEEN OF SPADES (03.27.15)
The Boston Globe's Jeffrey Gantz reviewed our 2015 production of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, which was, in his words, "a winning hand." For the full review, click here. Other reviews include the Boston Musical Intelligencer and the Harvard Crimson.
TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR THE QUEEN OF SPADES (02.21.15)
We're extremely excited to announce that tickets for The Queen of Spades, our 2015 production, have gone on sale at the Harvard Box Office. Get your tickets now for our showings on Mar 25, 27, 28, Apr 1, 3, and 4, as they're sure to go fast! And if you join us for opening night, we hope you will stay afterwards to attend our black tie Opening Night Gala in the Lowell Masters' Residence! Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office or online at boxoffice.harvard.edu.
CAST finalized FOR 2015 PRODUCTION OF pYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY'S tHE qUEEN OF sPADES (12.29.14)
Congratulations to all those cast, and we here at LHO are looking forward to a great season! See the full cast and find out more information about the production under the "Queen of Spades" tab on our website. Please contact us regarding any questions about our upcoming season.
Musical Afternoon with Maria Lyudko on October 26 (10.20.14)
Join us this Sunday for a Musical Afternoon with world-renowned coloratura soprano Maria Lyudko! Ms. Lyudko will lead a master class from 11am-12:40pm with singers from Harvard and Lowell House Opera, and perform a concert from 2:15-4pm. Both events will take place in the Lowell House Junior Common Room (10 Holyoke Place, Cambridge), and are free and open to the public.
LHO Wins The American Prize in Opera Performance (10.11.14)
We are thrilled to announce that LHO won the The American Prize in Opera Performance in 2014 for its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream! We were selected from among numerous opera companies across the country to receive this prestigious award. For more information about The American Prize, visit their website.
Audition for The Queen of Spades! (10.9.14)
Auditions will take place from November 8-10 in Lowell House! Sign up for an audition slot here, and provide us with your personal information here. Directions to the room in which your audition will be held will be sent via email.
Please bring a hard copy of your resume and headshot to your audition.
Preferred audition repertoire:
Two contrasting arias, at least one in Russian.
Russian art songs are acceptable if an aria is not available.
Harvard undergraduates who do not have a Russian work in their repertoire may bring any two contrasting pieces.
Rehearsals will begin in late January, and performances will be March 25 - April 4.
Seeking a Pechet Production Fellow for our 2015 Production (9.12.14)
LHO is seeking a student producer for its spring 2015 production. Compensation for the position is $1200. Please click here for more details!
The American Prize in Opera Performance (8.6.14)
LHO has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Opera Performance for our 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream! For more information, take a look at the announcement or at the competition website.
Russian-American Festival with the Educational Bridge Project (5.26.14)
Several students from LHO just returned from a week-long trip to St. Petersburg for the Educational Bridge Project's 25th Russian-American Festival. Our musicians' nine days in Russia were full of cultural events such as concerts and operas at renowned venues like the Mariinsky, tours of palaces and universities, and museum visits. They also had the opportunity to participate in master classes with acclaimed artists, discussions with local musicians, and performances of their own.
The Educational Bridge Project is an organization that brings American student artists to Russia and vice versa, allowing students from both countries to experience and learn from each other's cultural heritage. LHO has collaborated with EBP for several years, interacting with the Russian musicians who travel to the U.S. for EBP's annual "Musical Afternoons", but this year is the first time that our members have traveled to Russia. Click here for pictures from the trip!
Staging Difference: A Lowell House Opera Discussion Series (2.17.14)
Let your voice be heard! Lowell House Opera invites YOU to have your say on important topics at the intersection of art, culture, and society. Join tutors, professional opera artists, and fellow students over dinner (5:30-6:30pm) as we explore themes inspired by this year's opera production. No previous experience with opera is necessary!
Thursday, February 20: Why Opera? Why Now? with Lidiya Yankovskaya, Lowell House Opera Music Director
Do you love opera? Hate it? Don't get it? Explore what gets people hooked on classical and contemporary compositions, and learn how opera can be a singularly powerful art form for grappling with controversial, emotional, or politically charged topics.
Tuesday, February 25: Representing Interracial Intimacies with Alyssa Liles-Amphonsah, Tutor in the Visual Arts; and Brandon M. Terry, Tutor in Government, Social Studies, and African and African-American Studies
Acts of interracial intimacy carry an allure for artists of all stripes. How should we think about the ethical and aesthetic challenges presented by themes of love across racial boundaries? What are the possibilities and pitfalls represented by this controversial theme, particularly in response to the politics of racial hierarchy, imperialism, and colonialism?
Wednesday, March 5: Voices of the Other: How Music Can (and Cannot) Represent the Exotic with Michael Uy, Tutor in Music
Classical composers from Handel to John Adams have attempted to represent the musical Other. Did they successfully capture entire cultures and landscapes? Or are there limits to appropriating the sounds of a culture other than one's own? How do these examples apply to issues of sampling in popular music and culture today?
Tuesday, March 11: The Case for Strong Women on Stage with Roxanna Myhrum, Lowell House Opera Stage Director
Opera and classical drama are filled with leading ladies who seem to lack agency and power over their ultimate fate. Should their stories still be performed for contemporary audiences? What can modern actresses, directors, and designers do to re-imagine these characters on stage?
All discussions will be held in the Lowell House JCR from 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your dinner!
Announcing the James Laurence Michel Memorial Lecture Series (3.13.13)
Lowell House Opera is proud to present the inaugural James Laurence Michel Memorial Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Opera Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard and Harvard Music Department. We have named these lectures in honor of the late Dr. James Michel, a devoted member of the Lowell House Senior Common Room and passionate supporter of Lowell House Opera, and in gratitude to donations made in his name.
Our first annual lectures on Britten, Shakespeare, and opera history will feature preeminent music historian Harlow Robinson of Northeastern University (Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.) and renowned musicologist Carolyn Abbate of Harvard (Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.). See this flier for more information about our speakers. We hope to see you there!
Tickets for A Midsummer Night's Dream Now on Sale (2.1.13)
You can order your tickets through the Harvard Box Office. See the Box Office calendar for ticket availability, prices, and information about the production. All six shows sold out last year, so don't hesitate to purchase yours! While you're at it, consider making a donation by filling out this form or heading over to our Donate page.
Contact the Box Office by phone at 617.496.2222 or by mail at: Holyoke Center Arcade // 1350 Massachusetts Avenue // Cambridge, MA 02138.
New Lowell House Opera Facebook Page! (1.1.13)
To celebrate the New Year, Lowell House Opera has just recently revamped and updated its Facebook page. Head over to our page now, give us a "like," and check back frequently for announcements, photos, and updates about this year's production!
Welcome to LowellHouseOpera.com (12.25.12)
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and welcome to the new online home of Lowell House Opera. This much needed redesign and update is part of our 75th anniversary celebration — check back soon for more news and surprise birthday gifts.
In Memory of James L. Michel (12.12.12)
On Tuesday, November 11, 2012, James Michel, a long-time and faithful member of the Lowell House Senior Common Room, passed away at his home in Newton. James was a graduate of Harvard College. He took his M.D. from Johns Hopkins and his Ph.D. from Harvard. James taught here for many years in the area of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Although he had his own struggles with health in recent years, James was always at Lowell House events when he was able to be here. We will miss his incisive views on Harvard academic and College matters, which he loved to share with us in our discussions.
Dr. Michel's family has graciously asked that remembrances may be made to Lowell House Opera: 10 Holyoke Place // 559 Lowell Mail Center // Cambridge, MA 02138
Apply to Join the Lowell House Opera Orchestra (11.14.12)
Lowell House Opera is forming an orchestra under Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya. Performances will take place March 27, 29, 30 and April 3, 5, 6 at Lowell House on the campus of Harvard University. Dress rehearsals will be held on the evenings of March 24 and 25. Orchestra rehearsals will begin in late February or early March. Their dates will be announced once we determine members' conflicts with other groups.
The opera uses a small orchestra, and the parts are very challenging. For those reasons, we are hoping to have one set of players for all rehearsals and performances. However, we realize that conflicts may make that difficult. If you are interested in applying for the orchestra but may not be able to make all the services, please let us know which of the above dates you cannot make and what days of the week present ongoing conflicts.
If you are interested in applying to join the Lowell House Opera orchestra, please email a résumé to LHO@hcs.harvard.edu. Please let us know if you have any questions in the meantime!
Audition for Lowell House Opera! (10.21.12)
Vocal audition schedule:
November 4, 6:00-9:00pm in Memorial Church Choir Room
November 5, 3:00-6:00pm in Lowell Library and 7:00-10:00pm in the Lowell SCR
November 6, 3:00-6:00pm in Lowell Library
Sign up for an audition and check our audition requirements for singing and speaking roles using this form.