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April 18, 2024 | Theatre,

ArtsEmerson and Beth Morrison Projects

ArtsEmerson and Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) have an exciting history with each other, bringing breathtaking stories to Boston through opera. Founded in 2006 by contemporary opera artist Beth Morrison, BMP is a formidable creator and producer of new opera-theatre and music theatre, with a commitment to telling the stories of our time.

BMP operates across the US and internationally, offering a unique model of support, guidance, and freedom to experiment to composers, allowing them to create innovative and impactful projects. Since 2018, BMP has produced 185 performances
on 5 continents, and has produced award winning works such as
Angel’s Bone and p r i s m. 

In 2013, BMP co-created the PROTOTYPE Festival with HERE Arts Center with the aim of showcasing contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre projects over 10 days each January. In line with its mission to revolutionize the opera art form, BMP also developed two programs:

  • BMP: Next Generation, a program to identify and foster the next generation of opera composers. 
  • BMP: Producers Academy, with a focus on identifying and mentoring the next generation of creative producers and administrators 

In 2016, Beth Morrison Projects and ArtsEmerson partnered for a special project, bringing Ouroboros, a trilogy featuring three operas – Madame White Snake, Gilgamesh and Naga. The aim was to reach an audience in Boston that had developed the mindset that the opera was not their cup of tea. Created by Boston’s Cerise Lim Jacobs, the operas celebrated themes of life, death and rebirth, with each opera being three fully realized productions created by three separate artists. The operas were shown separately, as well as in full day, seven-hour marathon events.

Beth Morrison Projects returns to Boston with another stunning masterpiece, Book of Mountains and Seas, created by renowned composer Huang Ruo and master puppeteer Basil Twist and running at the Emerson Paramount Center from April 19-21. This breathtaking theatrical event brings to life Chinese creation myths first transcribed in the 4th Century BC – which bears striking resemblance to the climate crisis of our time. Tickets are nearly sold out for this limited engagement so be sure to secure your seats today!

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