Baltimore Concert Opera Offers Discount to BaltimoreOpera.com Subscribers

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I am happy to report that over 30 of your fellow subscribers to BaltimoreOpera.com 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 http://www.BaltimoreConcertOpera.com and enter the promo code BOCAVPAG at checkout to receive the discount on your ticket purchase.

Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci by Baltimore Concert Opera

Opera Vivente Offers BaltimoreOpera.com subscribers Buy-One-Get-One for ticket purchases to upcoming Impressions of Pelléas

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Impressions of Pelleas

50% Discount on American Opera Theater’s Le Cabaret de Carmen

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Carmen

Returning to Baltimore by popular demand, AOT’s Le Cabaret de Carmen was hailed by the Baltimore Sun as Smashing!. It uses Peter Brook’s infamous version of the opera, but the Baltimore Sun says it out-Brooked Brook. This dark, mesmerizing cabaret production of Bizet’s classic opera thrilled and captivated audiences as they became part of the timeless tale of opera’s most famous femme-fatale. Now its your chance to experience opera as never before. Step into the world of a 1920s Parisian night-club  smoky, mysterious, and magical  and let Carmen’s sultry songs and forbidden passions waft you to another world. Now touring around the world, Le Cabaret de Carmen returns to the place is started for four nights only. A most unique experience not to be missed.

As a subscriber to BaltimoreOpera.com, you are entitled to a 50% Discount on your entire ticket purchase for Le Cabaret de Carmen. Simply e-mail your interest to tim.nelson@americanoperatheater.org.

Act Now to Support Opera in 2010

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It has been quite a year for opera in Baltimore. In March, we received the definitive news that our beloved opera company would not recover from the financial meltdown that affected so many in our city, state and country. We watched as its assets from the past 50+ years were sold at auction. And we witnessed the inspiring growth of new (and old) opera companies as they tried to fill the void of the legendary company that left us.

Yet even during this dark financial period, we were reminded of the importance of giving. Tim Smith recently brought to our attention the story of Louise Dieterle Nippert, a 98-year-old arts patron and former soprano, who donated $85 million to support the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival.

I hope that you will consider making an end-of-year contribution to your favorite opera company (or companies). If you can’t afford $85 million, perhaps you can afford $850, or $85 or even $8.50. And for those of you 71 or over, you can very likely make a tax-free gift to the organization of your choice from your traditional IRA and you won’t pay income tax on the amount of your gift. Tell your IRA administrator that you want to make a “qualified charitable distribution” to one of the organizations below. The administrator will send your tax-free gift directly to them. It must be postmarked by December 31, 2009! (Note: We do not advise on personal income tax issues. Please consult your tax advisor for full information. Only your advisor can give you definitive advice based on your personal financial circumstances.)

Here is a list of local opera companies who could use your help to ensure that 2010 is a vibrant year for opera in Baltimore:

Regardless of your ability to donate to these companies, I also encourage you to support them by buying tickets to upcoming performances. We don’t have to look too far ahead for some amazing events. Tonight, Renée Fleming graces the stage of The Lyric Opera House (tickets are still available). In January, American Opera Theater is bringing Le Cabaret de Carmen back to Baltimore Theatre Project. On February 14th, The Lyric Opera House is presenting an Opera New Jersey production of Bizet’s Carmen starring Denyce Graves along with members of the former Baltimore Opera Chorus. In late February, Opera Vivente brings Impressions of Pelléas to their home stage at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. And March brings a plethora of performances by Peabody Opera (Die Fledermaus), Baltimore Opera Theatre (Rigoletto), Annapolis Opera (Tosca) and more. Here’s the complete schedule of opera in Baltimore in 2010.

Personally, I am particularly looking forward to Baltimore Concert Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci being performed March 19th and 21st at The Engineers Club. Here’s a video preview of what they have in store for us:
Baltimore Concert Opera’s Preview of Cav/Pag

Finally, if you’re still looking for the right holiday gift for someone special, a night at the opera is the perfect gift. Introducing someone new to this beloved art form is perhaps one of the most special gifts you could give.

I would like to thank all of you who have communicated your support of BaltimoreOpera.com over the past six months. It is personally very rewarding to hear that you find it useful and informative. I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and peaceful new year.

National Opera Week in Full Swing in Baltimore

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National Opera Week

National Opera Week is off to to BIG start in Baltimore! With a promotion for first-time opera attendees, Baltimore Concert Opera is offering free tickets for tonight’s performance of Don Pasquale. And joining the fun is Opera Vivente who is inviting the public to get a free backstage glimpse of the audition process by attending their auditions this Friday through Sunday. More information about both of these events in conjunction with National Opera Week is available on their Web site (make sure you choose "Maryland").

As I mentioned, Baltimore Concert Opera’s Don Pasquale opens tonight and tickets are still available. If you can’t make it tonight, a second performance will be held on Saturday evening. The Engineers Club is a beautiful venue to experience opera. Make it an evening by making reservations for dinner at the Club when you buy your tickets (Note: dinner reservations end Friday, so don’t delay). And listen to BCO’s interview on WYPR’s Maryland Morning this week.

Perhaps the biggest news of the week is the much anticipated opening of Baltimore Opera Theatre’s season with Il Barbiere Di Siviglia at the Hippodrome. Tickets are still available, so I encourage you to attend and welcome this new opera company to Baltimore. You can also check out their interview on WYPR’s Midday.

Check out all of the upcoming opera events at www.BaltimoreOpera.com. I received much feedback since my last e-mail and have added events from other companies as well as included the opera simulcasts at The Charles.

As always, I welcome your comments.


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