Dear Opera Fan,

Welcome to Fall, and a plethora of operatic and cultural events in the Baltimore region. We are busy compiling a list of all of the upcoming performances, but didn't want you to miss out the exciting events over the next couple of days.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

The opera season in Baltimore opens this Friday evening with Baltimore Concert Opera's much-anticipated Il Barbiere di Siviglia in the grand ballroom of the historic Garrett Jacobs Mansion (home of The Engineers Club). BCO's performances of Rossini's comedic masterpiece take place on Friday evening (9/24) at 7pm and Sunday afternoon(9/26) at 3pm. Featuring perhaps the most recognizable opera tune ever written, this Barbiere is a treat for opera fans and novices alike. BCO's exciting cast features Peabody grad David Krohn as Figaro, Heather Johnson as Rosina and BCO favorite Tim Augustin as Almaviva. As always, the atmosphere is casual (business casual actually) and there is a cash bar - and you may bring your cocktail with you into the ballroom. Also, you can SAVE 25% when you buy season tickets to all three of BCO's performances, which also includes La Bohème and Le Nozze di Figaro. This offer ends this weekend, so act now!

And while you're at BCO's Barber, why not take in some of the events at the Baltimore Book Festival which is also taking place in Mount Vernon this weekend. Here's a link to the schedule of events and, for those foodies in the audience, some tasty dining options for your pre or post Barber outing.

Coming up tomorrow evening (9/23), Annapolis Opera is hosting a Celebrate Opera! fundraiser of small plates and wine pairings at Wine Cellars of Annapolis. There will be operatic performances by Jason Stearns and Colleen Daly. Proceeds will benefit Annapolis Opera. Call Kelly at 410-267-8135 to make your reservation. More information can be found by clicking here.

Looking ahead, don't forget to buy your tickets to Opera Vivente's "Good vs. Evil" season, which opens with Lucy of Lammermoor on October 22nd. Check out the entire season on their brand new Web site!

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

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Michael Blair


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