Arts & Culture

Boston Lyric Opera to Perform at the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink

The Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) will present a first-time pairing / blending of two Leonard Bernstein works, Trouble in Tahiti / Arias and Barcarolles as a cabaret at the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink at 561 Commercial Street in the North End.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on May 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19; and at 3 p.m. on May 13 and 20. The show’s running time is approximately one hour and 15 minutes with no intermission. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

BLO’s Production & Technical Director Anna Labykina discussed the unconventional venue choice in a BLO article, Opera in an Ice Rink?:

“The creative team is very excited by the possibilities of enclosing the cavernous space into an intimate salon evoked by the music. After all, the art of the figure skater and that of an opera singer are one and the same in the emotions they bring out in the spectator, and the training they must undergo to become virtuosos.”

Seating will be at small tables surrounding the stage, with traditional seats along the space’s perimeter. See the floor plan below from the BLO website:

The Boston Lyric Opera previously used the Steriti rink to rehearse CARMEN back in 2016.