NEC & Boston Lyric Opera

Thanks to NEC's role study partnership initiative with the Boston Lyric Opera (BLO), voice students will have an opportunity like no other to learn roles and receive professional training with New England's sole American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) opera company.

Students will be matched with a specific role in a BLO production, and specific benefits will include:

  • Insider's view of professional protocols and courtesies acquired by watching superior professional singing artists interact with other artists and a professional Stage Director and Music Director/Conductor
  • Role preparation time with BLO’s coach/pianist
  • Access to all BLO music and staging rehearsals, with the expectation of attending a minimum of five
  • An additional, fach-appropriate role for the student's résumé, through observation, coaching, and listening in a professional environment

In addition to the above benefits for the selected student participants, the collaboration includes:

  • BLO Dress Rehearsal tickets to NEC voice and opera students and faculty
  • Masterclasses with BLO Artistic personnel
  • Special in-house BLO audition for NEC students
Our partnership with NEC, which allows students to observe rehearsal, and be provided coaching free-of-charge, is a national model for collaborations between professional companies and opera studies programs.
Esther NelsonBoston Lyric Opera's Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director