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BLO’s Opera Annex premieres MacMillan’s ‘Clemency’

The progressive flank of the Boston Lyric Opera resumed its onward march on Wednesday night, as the company unveiled the fourth off-site production in its Opera Annex series, initiated in 2010. This time the series brought a contemporary opera to South Boston, taking over a large installation space at the Artists for the Humanity EpiCenter.

The occasion was the North American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s one-act opera “Clemency,” itself a BLO co-commission with a number European partners. That BLO is not only finding the institutional room to diversify its programming but is also now wading into the business of commissioning is a very hopeful sign.

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