Operatic Opportunities in Baltimore this December

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As we welcome the last month of 2010, I wanted to let you know about the many operatic activities coming up in December.

Starting off with some positive news, Baltimore Concert Opera has sold out their performance of La Bohème this coming Friday evening. There are a handful of tickets available for Sunday’s matinée. If you would like to go, I recommend purchasing your tickets today at www.BaltimoreConcertOpera.com.

Also on tap for this Sunday, reknowned soprano Barbara Quintiliani comes to town to headline Annapolis Opera’s Gifts from Grand Opera. BaltimoreOpera.com subscribers get a 10% discount by entering promo code BOCB2 at checkout. If you’re closer to Towson on Sunday, you’ll want to check out the FREE performance of Saint Nicolas of Benjamin Britten performed at St. Pius X church in Rodgers Forge, featuring the John’s Hopkins Choral Society and The New Handel Children’s Choir.

Exciting news came today as The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith reported that soprano Elizabeth Futral will donate a performance at the Lyric on December 12th. The event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. the performance starting at 7 p.m. (a champagne reception will follow). Ms. Futral will be accompanied by pianist Jimmy Harp. To make your free reservations, call 410-900-1163.

Don’t forget that opera is performed in places large and small. Germano’s Cabaret is hosting three operatic performances this month (starting tomorrow night) while Sotto Sopra continues their tradition of Opera Night in their Mount Vernon restaurant. Opera Vivente’s Happy Holidaze happens on December 17th. There’s too many events to list, so please visit the Opera Events Calendar on BaltimoreOpera.com for everything opera in Baltimore.

Is Opera Rebounding in Baltimore?

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Well, Tim Smith is making his case that it is in The Sun this past Saturday. This is recommended reading for all those invested and interested in opera in Baltimore. Read and let me know what YOU think.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-ae-opera-boom-20101023,0,1313050.story

Also, this was a banner weekend for opera lovers in the area. If you attended Opera Vivente’s Lucy of Lammermoor, Annapolis Opera’s Concert of Stars, Baltimore Opera Theatre’s Madama Butterfly or even Washington Concert Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur, please comment on this blog post with your thoughts.

Annapolis Opera to Present “Concert of Stars”

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Annapolis Opera's Concert of Stars

This ‘star power’ concert features Annapolis’ own favorite opera star, the Met’s Jason Stearns with return appearances by acclaimed Annapolis Opera favorites Jonathan Burton and Colleen Daly in a showcase of Italian arias, duets, and ensembles. With Maestro Ron Gretz conducting.

BaltimoreOpera.com subscribers receive a 10% discount.  After choosing your seat(s), make sure to click “Apply Discount”, enter code BOCB1, and click “Unlock” to redeem your 10% discount.

Annapolis restaurant The Wild Orchid is offering a pre-performance “Fast Fixe” from 5-7pm.  For $26, you get three of the following:

  • Cocktail or Glass of Wine
  • Starter
  • Entrée
  • Dessert

Reservations can be made online at www.thewildorchidcafe.com or 410.268.8009.
The Wild Orchid is located at 200 Westgate Circle with free parking and an easy walk to Maryland Hall.

Blog Reviews of BCO’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

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I hope you were one of the many who caught BCO’s opening performance to their 2010-2011 season.  Two of the patrons of Friday night’s performance have written reviews, which can be found here on their very informative blogs.

Baltimore Opera Examiner:
Baltimore Concert Opera’s ‘Barber’ begins season with a bang (part 1)

Felis Pushkini:
Baltimore Concert Opera’s Barber of Seville: Sets and Costumes Not Missed!

A Welcome Site

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I was traveling downtown from my office in Timonium to The Engineers Club this afternoon to deliver the supertitle system for Baltimore Concert Opera’s performances Il Barbiere di Siviglia this weekend.  Imagine my delight in seeing the scene shown above…lots of work being done on the rear side of The Lyric Opera House.  Looks like they may already be starting to build the catwalk that will allow performers to go from stage right to stage left without traveling down (and up) a flight of stairs to do so.  As the opera season in Baltimore opens this weekend with BCO’s Barber, this is indeed a very welcome site!

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