3 Operas, 4 Days, 10 Performances, 500 Costumes: NEC Graduate Opera Photo Recap

See photos from the April 2022 performances of Perla’s “An American Dream,” Ravel’s “L’enfant et les sortilèges,” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” under the direction of Joshua Major, Chair of Opera Studies.

April 2022 saw a remarkable and ambitious run of three operas over the course of four days, presented by NEC Opera’s graduate students under the direction of Joshua Major, Chair of Opera Studies, with music conducted by Robert Tweten, Opera Studies' Music Director. NEC’s production of “Dido and Aeneas” also featured the stage direction of Joshua's father, opera director Leon Major.

In an interview at OperaWire, Major discussed how the idea for these productions was initially conceived due to the COVID restrictions of having to present 90-minute shows with no intermission, combined with a large enrollment in the program that allowed for a great diversity of singers and repertoire. The result was a remarkable staging of three dynamic productions. 

We hope you enjoy seeing a selection of visuals by NEC's Andrew Hurlbut from these wonderful operas. 

Jack Perla’s “An American Dream”

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American Dream 1
American Dream 4
American Dream 3
American Dream 2
American Dream 5

Maurice Ravel’s “L’enfant et les sortilèges”

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L'enfant Ravel Opera
L'enfant Ravel Opera 4
L'enfant Ravel Opera 2
L'enfant Ravel Opera 6
L'enfant Ravel Opera 7

Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”

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Dido Opera 6
Dido Opera 2
Dido Opera 4
Dido Opera 3
Dido Opera 5