Saturday, May 01, 2021 11:30a -
Rowes Wharf Plaza
The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston Lyric Opera’s new initiative Poetry in Music brings together the work of prominent local poets and opera composers to create entirely new musical works and artistic experiences, presented in collaboration with the City of Boston.
The first Poetry in Music performance will debut this spring with the song cycle “my name is Alondra”, featuring poems by City of Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla set to music by tenor and BLO Emerging Artist Composer Omar Najmi.
BLO Street Stage will host the World Premiere of this newly commissioned work on Saturday, May 1 at Rowes Wharf Plaza on The Rose Kennedy Greenway. BLO Emerging Artist Zaray Rodriguez and pianist Brendon Shapiro, an Emerging Artist alumnus, will perform.
Commissioning support for “my name is Alondra” is provided by the Merrill Family Charitable Foundation.
Born and raised in Boston, MA for most of her life, Alondra Bobadilla found and nurtured her love for writing since she learned her first letters. Besides writing, she has participated in multiple performance art forms since she was a little girl, finding ways to express herself beyond poetry alone. She’s curious, lively and loves to learn. In her free time she spends it with friends and loved ones, always trying to put first the people that matter most. She is a student at Fenway High School, and was named Boston’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate in January 2020. For more information, visit her website and YouTube channel.
Omar Najmi is an alumnus of Boston Lyric Opera’s Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist program, where he served for three seasons as a tenor, and is returning as BLO’s first Emerging Artist composer this season. Omar made his compositional debut in 2019 with the world-premiere workshop performance of his opera, En la ardiente oscuridad , which was made possible by the generous support of The Boston Foundation and is scheduled to be produced at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice in 2021. Omar is currently working on his newest opera, This is not that dawn, about the 1947 Partition of India. As a performer, Omar’s particular passion for new music has led him to several collaborations with living composers. He looks forward to creating the title role in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s Hamlet with Bulgaria’s Ruse Opera in 2021. Omar continues to perform regularly with the Boston Lyric Opera where he has recently appeared as Nick in The Handmaid’s Tale, Flavio in Norma, Beppe in Pagliacci, and Vanya Kudrjas in Katya Kabanova. Omar made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 as the tenor soloist in Mark Hayes’ “Gloria” and returned as a featured soloist in Talents of the World Inc.’s Caruso Tribute Concert and as the tenor soloist in Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” with Mid America Productions. For more information, visit www.omarnajmi.com