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BSO Offers Exclusive 50% Discount on Upcoming Operatic Performances to Subscribers


Announced today, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering subscribers of a 50% discount on tickets to Hearts, Cards & Carnival on March 25th (8pm) and 28th (3pm) and Pulcinella on March 27th (11am and 7pm). Get your tickets today as this offer expires March 27th. | Event Calendar | JOIN BSO 2.0

Exclusive Offer!
50% Off Tickets!*

As a loyal supporter of opera in Baltimore, the BSO would like to extend an EXCLUSIVE OFFER to attend one of these upcoming events at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall featuring operas by Barber and Gershwin and Vocalists of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Login to using Promo Code 12286 to purchase your discounted tickets. You must login before adding tickets to your cart to view discounted ticket price. This offer is for online purchases only.

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Hearts, Cards & Carnival

Thu, March 25 at 8 pm
Sun, March 28 at 3 pm
Cards, games, dancers and puppets. This program in our late-winter carnival features concert presentations of two 20th-century American operas. One, by Samuel Barber, is sung over a game of cards in ten minutes, followed by Gershwin’s Blue Monday—mixing jazz, voice and Americana. The evening ends with Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, its neo-classical music mirroring a puppet tale of madcap comedy.

Casual Concert: Pulcinella

Sat, March 27 at 11 am
It’s story time at the symphony—and not just for kids. Prokofiev’s classic tale Peter and the Wolf takes center stage in this concert of musical storytelling. The morning also includes a suite from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, its angular music mirroring a puppet tale of mad cap comedy. Pastries and coffee on sale starting at 10 am.

Off the Cuff: Pulcinella

Sat, March 27 at 7 pm
Thanks to radical works such as his Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky catapulted himself to fame by writing music for the ballet. Marin Alsop rips open another stunning Stravinsky ballet, Pulcinella, a witty re-invention of 18th century courtly dance music with a 1920′s twist, and a charming plot told in song and dance. Why is this work credited with being among the first examples of neo-classicism? What the heck is neo-classicism? No worries, Marin Alsop and the BSO have all your answers.

*All orders subject to availability. Offer expires March 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Premium seating excluded. All sales final. No exchanges on discounted tickets. Handling fees may be added for Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall events.

Baltimore Opera Theatre Announces Madama Butterfly will Open 2010/11 Season


I am excited to report that Baltimore Opera Theatre, the newly-formed grand opera company, will open its second season with Madama Butterfly at The Hippodrome Theater. This is exciting news for those who have enjoyed performances of their Rigoletto and Barber of Seville. Details of the performance will soon appear on their Web site at

Saving Opera One Voice at a Time


Last Thursday, over 450 packed the Walters Art Gallery to hear from an eclectic mix of Baltimoreans talk about everything from why they don’t want to have children to teen activism at Ignite Baltimore. BCO’s Brendan Cooke, who was among the dozen or so selected speakers, took the opportunity (everyone was given 5 minutes) to speak about why it’s important to save opera in Baltimore. Take 5 minutes to view his uplifting and cogent argument for saving opera, right here, right now.

Baltimore Opera Happenings for March


Opera in Baltimore is in full swing this March.  With so many operatic happenings to report, I’ll cut to the chase.

I hope some of you were in the audience when grand opera returned to the Lyric on February 14th with Opera New Jersey’s performance of Bizet’s Carmen. After many seasons on the audience side of the curtain, I had the distinct pleasure of my making my Lyric Opera House debut…albeit as a supernumerary.  It was an incredible feeling watching the curtain rise and seeing a packed Lyric Opera House, all while sitting next to my wife, Soprano Suzanne Balaes-Blair, in the bull ring bleachers.  Suzanne last sang at the Lyric in the chorus of Baltimore Opera’s production of Norma in November 2008, which we all know sadly turned out to be their swan song.

I have received quite a few e-mails with feedback on Carmen at the Lyric. Some talk about the wonderful upbeat feeling of having grand opera back at The Lyric, if only for one night.  Others were a little disappointed in certain aspects of the production.  What did you think? If you were there, take a moment and share your thoughts by commenting on this blog post at the bottom..  

Looking ahead, Opera Vivente will continue their performances of Impressions of Pelléas (Debussy/Constant) tonight and Saturday night at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon.  OV has generously offered a special BOGO promotion for subscribers.  Just call the OV box office at 410-547-7997 and mention "" and you will get a free ticket with each ticket you purchase, while supplies last.

Also this weekend, you will have the opportunity to catch not one, not two but THREE cabaret style performances of opera here in Baltimore. Tomorrow night at 7:30pm, Baltimore Concert Opera returns to Germano’s for an evening of wine, food and opera favorites, all sung by members of the BCO board and special guests. If you made it to BCO’s last Germano’s Cabaret night in November, you’ll know this is not-to-be-missed entertainment. Call Germano’s at 410.752.4515 to make your reservations. Not to be outdone, The Lyric is continuing their L3 series at Meli on Friday night at 5pm and has their Germano’s Cabaret night on Saturday evening at 6:30pm. Conceivably, you could make all three of these performances (Friday night’s performances are scheduled 30 minutes apart and are only blocks away from each other). If you do make all three, please buy Maestro Jimmy Harp a drink…he’s the pianist for each of them!

Next up is Peabody Opera Theatre’s performances of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, March 10th-13th. Also during that time, Baltimore Opera Theatre returns to the Hippodrome for their second performance, this time of Verdi’s Rigoletto, on March 11th. To round out the weekend, Annapolis Opera brings Puccini’s Tosca to the stage at Maryland Hall in Annapolis on March 12th and 14th.

Opera fans are in for a special treat on March 19th and 21st with Baltimore Concert Opera’s third performance of their season with Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. This special pairing of two one act operas is sure to be a season highlight for Baltimore opera fans as BCO audience favorites Michael Mayes and Francesca Mondanaro return to Baltimore for two nights only. Baltimore Concert Opera has offered a 10% discount to subscribers on ticket purchases to CavPag. Just enter promo code BOCAVPAG at checkout to take advantage of this special offer.

There are two new young opera groups that are performing in Baltimore. Chesapeake Concert Opera is performing Verdi’s La Traviata on March 26th & 27th at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill. The Figaro Project has also started performing at Germano’s Cabaret and plans to raise the curtain on May 16th with their first performance of The Figaro Project based on Le nozze di Figaro at First English Lutheran Church. If you’ve been to any of their performances, please do chime in with your thoughts by commenting at the bottom.

Finally, at the end of the month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is performing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under the baton of Marin Alsop. This is a great chance to see this rarely performed piece which was written to be performed as a ballet, featuring local Bass-Baritone and impresario Brendan Cooke.

As always, is up-to-date with information and links for all of these performances. If you have any suggestions or comments, please drop me an e-mail, or discuss your operatic experiences by commenting below. I hope to see you at the opera!

Baltimore Concert Opera Offers Discount to Subscribers


I am happy to report that over 30 of your fellow subscribers to took advantage of Baltimore Concert Opera’s recent promotion for their upcoming performances of Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci on March 19th & 21st. BCO was so delighted with the response that they are now offering a 10% DISCOUNT through the end of February. To purchase tickets, go to and enter the promo code BOCAVPAG at checkout to receive the discount on your ticket purchase.

Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci by Baltimore Concert Opera
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