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The Commonwealth Lyric Theater (CLT) was founded a decade ago by Alexander Prokhorov-Tolstoy, a renowned artistic and stage director. The aim was to showcase Eastern European operas often overlooked in the United States to Boston's discerning audiences. Over the years, the repertoire has expanded to include not only Eastern European masterpieces like Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" but also Western classics such as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Bizet's "Carmen," and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." 


The theater is known for its intimate, community-centric productions that bring together a dynamic cast of stars from the world's top theaters, including the Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera House and La Scala, with the brightest emerging local talents. This blend of performers has helped the Commonwealth Lyric Theater win first place among professional opera companies three times at the United States National Opera Association competitions under Prokhorov-Tolstoy's visionary direction. 


At the heart of our mission is the Young Artist Program, which provides young vocalists with the exceptional opportunity to perform alongside opera luminaries, creating an environment that bridges generations of talent. 


Prokhorov-Tolstoy captures the essence of CLT’s mission, stating, "We're not just creating opera; we're creating a family within the opera community." 


Step into the world of the Commonwealth Lyric Theater, where every show is a testament to the passion, artistic excellence, and collective spirit of a community united by its love of opera. Watch our performances or join us on this musical journey of exploration and become a part of our opera family.

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