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Dear Opera Fan,

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

Also on tap for this Sunday, reknowned soprano Barbara Quintiliani comes to town to headline Annapolis Opera's Gifts from Grand Opera. 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 for everything opera in Baltimore.

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