Baltimore Concert Opera Announces Second Season
Baltimore Concert Opera is proud to announce our second complete season which includes three opera favorites and an American premiere of an opera that hasn’t been performed since 1871. We invite you to enjoy concert opera in our casual, open environment. Start off with an optional brunch or dinner in the dining room of the historic Garrett Jacobs Mansion (home of The Engineers Club). Then move upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for a complimentary pre-performance lecture followed by a reading (with piano) of one of the great works in the operatic canon.
Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
September 24, 2010 at 7pm & September 26, 2010 at 3pm
Although composed years after Mozart’s famous Le Nozze di Figaro, we’ve decided to present these two pieces in chronological order from the dramatic standpoint. Featuring perhaps the most recognizable opera tune ever written (Thanks Looney Tunes!) this Barbiere is a treat for opera fans and novices alike. Our exciting cast features Peabody grad David Krohn as Figaro, Heather Johnson as Rosina and BCO favorite Tim Augustin as Almaviva. Bring your beer into the ballroom, as we begin “Beaumarchais-Book-ends, Bohème and the Bard.”
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La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
December 3, 2010 at 7pm & December 5, 2010 at 3pm
Kick off the holiday season with the BCO and Bohème. A great “first opera” if you’ve never been, La Bohème will be sung in its entirety, complete with full chorus. Have a nice dinner at the club, then enjoy some of the most gorgeous melodies ever written…brought to life by some of today’s most exciting artists. John Pickle and Suzanne Woods will sing the famous lovers and Ron Loyd will sing Marcello. Baltimore favorite Penelope Shumate sings Musetta.
Amleto* by Franco Faccio
March 25, 2011 at 7pm & March 27, 2011 at 3pm
BCO hopes to present Franco Faccio’s setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The libretto by Boito follows Shakespeare’s original very closely, and the score written by Verdi’s contemporary brings the story to life in true operatic fashion. To our knowledge, Amleto has not been presented since 1871, and has never been heard in the United States. This piece was reconstructed by Maestro Anthony Barrese after it was badly damaged in the great fire at Casa Ricordi. Amleto is not offered as part of our season package, however, if we receive the necessary funding to proceed with this presentation, tickets will be offered to our season ticket holders first.
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Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May 20, 2011 at 7pm & May 22, 2011 at 3pm
Back to Beaumarchais to finish our second season. Jason Hardy returns with his real-life wife, only she’s playing a teenage boy…if you think that is confusing…just wait! Thank goodness for the supertitles and narration – we’ll keep you well-informed while Mozart’s music transports you to another world. We’re thrilled to welcome back to Baltimore internationally acclaimed baritone Trevor Scheunemann as Count Almaviva, fresh from his performances of the same role with the Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera.
(Published courtesy of Baltimore Concert Opera)