Opera / An essential experience.

Performing opera repertoire provides a deep musical and intellectual experience.


Performing opera repertoire provides a critical element in the training, understanding and appreciation of the full range of classical repertoire that is often overlooked in the musical training of young players.

BYSO is the only youth orchestra in the US to perform full-length operas. For 15 years, under the direction of BYSO Music Director Federico Cortese, we have presented sold out opera performances.

Past Performances

2008: Mozart, Così fan tutte
2009: Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro
2010: Mozart, Don Giovanni
2011: Verdi, Macbeth
2012: Verdi, Falstaff
2013: Verdi, Rigoletto
2014: Puccini, Tosca
2014: Mozart, The Magic Flute (family opera)
2015: Verdi, Un Ballo in Maschera
2016: Verdi, Otello
2016: Rossini, Cinderella (family opera)
2017: Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin
2018: Bizet, Carmen
2019: Puccini, La Bohème
2019: Mozart, The Magic Flute (family opera)
2020: Verdi, Aida
2022: Verdi La Traviata
2023: Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

Opera Performances

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Opera / BYS performs MOZART: The Magic Flute


Opera / BYS Performs VERDI: La Traviata


Family Operas

Every other year BYSO presents Family Operas in Partnership with Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, as part of BYSO’s ongoing partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), “BYSO/BSO:Partnering for the Future”, BYSO and BSO began presenting family operas, attracting thousands of young children and their families, and new generations of opera lovers with performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in 2014 and 2019 and Rossini’s Cinderella in 2016 at Symphony Hall.

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