Best of Boston

BEST Opera

1999 BEST Opera

Ercole Amante (Hercules in Love)

The highlight of Boston Early Music Festival’s splendid season was this 17th-century opera, written by Francesco Cavalli for the wedding of Louis XIV. The lavish production included charming costumes, delightful dancing, amazing ancient musical instruments, and simply beautiful singing. read more»

1996 BEST Opera, Fully Staged


Boston’s favorite mezzo-soprano, sing in Boston Lyric Opera’s delightful production of Handle’s comic opera. The singing—and the staging by director Stephen Wadsworth—were spectacular. read more»

1996 BEST Opera, with Dance

Orfeo Ed Euridice

An artistic collaboration between Handel & Haydn Society and Mark Morris Dance Group resulted in a fabulous production of Gluck’s neoclassical Orfeo, the story of a legendary singer who came to embody the spirit of music itself. read more»

1996 BEST Opera, without Props

Abduction from the Seraglio

Boston Baroque’s concert production of the early Mozart opera featured no sets, no costumes, no dancing, no light shows—just splendid singing, ardent playing on original instruments, and great music. read more»

1995 BEST Opera, Production

Boston Lyric Opera Company’s Candide

Bernstein’s opera was given the fine nuanced treatment it deserves. read more»

1989 BEST Opera, Production

The Opera Company of Boston’s performance of Puccini’s La Bohème

Just when the future of the Opera Company could hardly look bleaker, Sarah Caldwell came through with her finest direction. Suddenly, people remembered why it is so important to keep the OCB alive. read more»

1987 BEST Opera, Light


A glittery Mikado from Stratford, Ontario, at the Colonial proved that Gilbert and Sullivan don’t belong on the shelf. read more»

1986 BEST Opera

The Makropulos Case Conducted by Sarah Caldwell, Performed by the Opera Company of Boston

On the heels of Caldwell’s triumphant production of Turandot, the Markropulos Case, featuring the splendid soprano Anja Silja, brought home the point that Caldwell was back. read more»