More than 87 years after the curtain opened on The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper), the musical continues to entertain audiences across the globe with its biting dialogue, unconventional storytelling style, dark humor and an edgy, yet melodious, score that merges jazz with operetta. The musical was originally adapted from the famous The Beggar’s Opera, written by John Gay in 1728, and the libretto translated from English to German.
It’s no stretch to say that Daniel (Danny) Hutchins is a fan of Disney. When he saw the tour of Disney’s On the Record at the age of 10, he knew that theater was going to be part of his future.
As a junior at the Conseravtory, he had the unique opportunity to bring his childhood inspiration to life through the Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Grant Program. “I felt this show had an important story to tell—a story not only about believing in yourself, but also about what you can achieve when you set your mind to it,” explained Hutchins.
The Conservatory helped me find myself in a lot of ways. Musicians question every detail of their art—breathing, technique, musical structure, and character development—and that has helped me become more inquisitive and detail oriented. The level of commitment one must put forth to have a successful career in an artistic field is outstanding, and this magnitude of dedication will forever stay with me. The Conservatory helped me to separate the exterior beauty of performance and take a deeper, more analytical and critical exploration into the splendor of artistic expression.
Boston Conservatory alumna Marissa Rae Roberts wants to change how you think about theater. As cofounder and co-artistic director of ToUch Performance Art, Roberts is rethinking how audiences approach—and are approached by—the performing arts.
My two brothers and I began dancing early in life after our older sister, Felicia, passed away at 10 years of age. Through growing up in the dance studio, choir at school, and eventually theater, we grew as a family and connected to the arts in an incredibly special way.
Boston Conservatory alumna and violinist Christina Bouey has won the coveted Grand Prize at the prestigious 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with her string ensemble, the Ulysses Quartet.
Bouey and fellow quartet members Rhiannon Banerdt (violin), Colin Brookes (viola), and Grace Mei-En Ho (cello) were also awarded the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division. Held in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the world, with an average of 125 ensembles representing 22 nations competing.
I am a cellist who loves making people excited about classical music.
My education at Boston Conservatory went far beyond instrumental training. It also helped me become a passionate ambassador for my art. During my time at the Conservatory, I grew into a musician who uses my art to create community.
In Spring 2016 we caught up with Josh Grisetti (B.F.A. '04) while he was overseas in Japan, starring in a new musical, Prince of Broadway, which was co-directed by 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince and five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.
Picture this: an 18-year-old girl headed to her 14th (!) college audition. She’s auditioning for Boston Conservatory, whose graduates have the reputation of being the best and brightest on Broadway. She didn’t think, in a million years, they’d choose her. Nonetheless, she walked in, took a breath—and sang.
Afterward, that girl was prepared for the cold, dismissive “thank you.” To her surprise, however, the panel invited her to sit down and chat. She left the room 10 minutes later knowing this school was different from all the rest.
That girl was me!
Who inspires you?
My mother and my sister are my inspirations in life. They are both incredibly strong, hard-working people and honestly the most courageous women I have ever seen. I aspire to be like them one day.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“When life shuts a door... Open it again. It’s a door. That’s how they work.”
What has been your favorite class at the Conservatory?
My favorite class would have to be Voice and Speech in my senior year. That class and teacher, Joy Lamberton-Arcolano, have changed my entire life.