Dear Opera Fan,

February was a relatively quiet month for opera in Baltimore. That all changes as we enter March, which I am calling "Opera Month in Baltimore".

Rosa PonsellTomorrow, February 29th at 1pm, the Friends of the Pikesville Library will present a special two-hour event where the story of 20th century operatic diva Rosa Ponselle is brought to life through music, multimedia and local Pikesville stories. Join Elayne Duke of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation and the last living person who knew her. This program honors the memory of Rhoda P. Levin, president of the Friends of the Pikesville Library, 2000-2011. The event takes place at the Pikesville Branch, 1301 Reisterstown Road. For additional information, call 410-887-1234.

Grand opera returned to Baltimore last November with Lyric Opera Baltimore's well received La Traviata. They continue their season with two performances of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro on March 9th (7:30pm) & 11th (3:00pm). The following weekend, Peabody Opera Theatre presents Robert Ward's The Crucible (March 14th-17th at 7:30pm). Also that weekend, Annapolis Opera welcomes the public to their 24th Annual Vocal Competition. For the first time, the public can attend the semi-finals on Saturday, March 17th (10am-4pm). The finals concert takes place on Sunday, March 18th at 3pm. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit

Baltimore Concert Opera's much-anticipated Lucia di Lammermoor takes place in the grand ballroom of the historic Garrett Jacobs Mansion (home of The Engineers Club) on Friday, March 23rd (7:30pm) and Sunday, March 25th (3:00pm). BCO is excited to welcome Dennis James, one of the world's top glass armonica players, to these performances. The famous mad scene in Lucia di Lammermoor was originally conceived to incorporate the use of the glass armonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin. You can check out a video demonstration of the glass armonica here.

Glass Armonica

So as you can see, opera is alive and well in Charm City. Please go out and support all of the local companies presenting this beloved art form this month.

Thanks for your time and as always, I look forward to hearing your comments.

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