Longwood Opera US Map & Phone & Address
• Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave. Needham; (617) 455-0960
Longwood Opera offers many opportunities to enjoy opera on a budget. Their season features three operas performed at the church mentioned above, as well as at several other venues around metro Boston. These are complete operas fully costumed and staged, usually with piano accompaniment and are performed in English. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for students.
The repertoire ranges from contemporary American opera to the classics. These performers are professionals from the Boston area, getting their seasoning after graduation from the area’s top conservatories. Many of them go on to larger established companies; see ‘era now, before they reach the Met and it costs $60 for nosebleed seats.
But wait, there’s more! Every Tuesday in July and August, the Longwood presents free concerts at the Needham location. They do request a $5 donation, but that’s still a bargain price. The style changes from week to week; one night it may be classic arias, the next time, Broadway tunes. These concerts begin at 7:30 P.M. and last for about an hour. Call the number above for a schedule of upcoming performances.