RETRO+ is the operabox.tv channel highlighting performances from Boston Lyric Opera's archives. BLO Artistic Advisor and legendary theater designer John Conklin joins forces with filmmaker Greg Emetaz for RETRO+ "Short Cuts," a debut series that sets classic BLO opera moments to evocative videos of found footage and iconic imagery.
"Vissi d’arte" from Puccini's Tosca. Set to Elena Stikhina's debut performance at Boston Lyric Opera in 2017, Conklin and Emetaz weave together footage of the greatest screen legends -- from Gloria and Beyoncé, to Whitney and Marilyn – as an homage to the Diva.
"Der Hölle Rache" from Mozart's The Magic Flute. This Queen of the Night’s revenge aria never fails to bring down the house. In this clever pastiche, So Young Park's 2013 Boston Lyric Opera performance turns buildings to rubble, shatters glasses, and summons both clouds and lightning with vocal...
Die Moritat von Mackie Messer: The Murder Ballad of Mack the Knife
"The Murder Ballad of Mack the Knife" from Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera. A startling array of vintage film footage from pre-World War II Germany underscores Daniel Belcher's 2018 performance of the restless, foreboding tune that recounts the gruesome crimes of the charming Macheath.
"Largo al factotum" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville. In this video, the mayhem of Figaro the Barber's daily routine is recounted by Keith Phares in BLO's 2002 production in a visual tribute to absurdist painter René Magritte, with a nod to Monty Python's iconic animations.
"Act III Quartet" from Verdi's Rigoletto. From the beauty of a four-leaf clover, to the symmetry of a traffic cloverleaf, the push-pull between nature and man underscores the interwoven melodies of the famous four-part ensemble. Drawn from BLO's 2014 production, the piece features vocals by Audr...