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“Wonderful Showplace” 4 of 5 stars
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Opera House
539 Washington St., Boston, MA
617/880-2400
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Ranked #28 of 195 Attractions in Boston
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“Wonderful Showplace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

It has been renovated and restored from a mid- century movie theater and is very elegant and gorgeous,and has excellent acoustics

Visited July 2012
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The Boston Opera House is the most beautiful theater. There are no bad seats. The acoustics are fantastic. Saw Tony Bennett. He sang his last song without the microphone and was heard throughout the theater. The staff was friendly. I appreciated their attention to cell phone and camera use, asking patrons to turn them off. What are theater goes thinking !

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful Venu for Pink Martini Concert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

A fabulous location for a delightful concert by Pink Martini. Will have to make the Boston Opera House a routine stop thru out the year. Plan to return in Sept. for the Next concert whoever that may be ?

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“Surprised and offended”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

I attended a performance of Shen Yun with my daughter tonight, and I was offended. I was not aware (tickets were a gift) that this show was created with the purpose of fostering support for Falun Gong, which I personally view as a cult. Why is the Boston Opera House hosting and supporting this program, which is full of propaganda? For example, early in in the production, we are told that a Chinese singer is about to perform a very traditional Chinese song. The song then performed espouses religious beliefs from Falun Gong, with the English translation - shown on the shows enormous on-stage screen - stating claims such as "atheism is a lie," and were all here because of the "creator'," and so on. I found this - as an educated secular person - very offensive. And it has, frankly, nothing to do with Chinese history and culture, except, perhaps, very recent history, since the Falun Gong cult was started only back in 1992. Falun Gong was started by a man who espouses belief in aliens, and many other claims which make it hard not to view this as a cult and apparently the Chinese corollary to Scientology.

So, again, my question is, why is the Boston Opera House involved with this? The Nutcracker, yes ... but a "performance" which hits it's audience over the head with giant letters saying "Athesim is a lie" on a huge screen, followed by many other skits fostering Falung Gong beliefs, does not belong at a venerable institution such as the Boston Opera House. Or, at the very least, the Boston Opera House should not be involved with this odd, offsensive, and shameless self-promotion of a religious cult which is sold to the public under the guise of a work about Chinese culture and history. Instead of entertained, informed, or enlightened, I feel duped.

Regards,
JF

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“Opulence and Great Sound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Saw Sister Act and was overwhelmed with the opulence and beauty of this venue. Sister Act had a lot of loud music, but it never seemed loud, it was terrific. By the way, go see this Broadway show, now on National tour, it was amazingly good.

Visited February 2013
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