Opera is an essential part of the BYSO experience. Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) believes that performing opera repertoire provides a deep musical and intellectual experience for young musicians and young audiences alike. Opera is 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. In 2008, under the direction of BYSO Music Director, Federico Cortese, BYSO students performed their first semi-staged opera: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. The response from the students and audiences was tremendous and since then, opera has become an integral part of BYSO’s season repertoire.

BYSO’s semi-staged opera productions:
The Boston Youth Symphony is the only youth orchestra in America to present a semi-staged opera performance. For the past 14 years, Music Director Federico Cortese conducted the Boston Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestras at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in the following SOLD OUT performances:
2008: Mozart, Così fan tutte2009: 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

Below are photos from BYSO’s past semi-staged opera performances (photos by Michael J. Lutch):


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 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.