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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Grand opera returns to Baltimore

By Anne Midgette

The headline slightly misstates the case -- opera, after all, has been flourishing in Baltimore since the Baltimore Opera announced its closure in 2009.

But what's returning is more than just a shoestring venture. Lyric Opera Baltimore has just announced its inaugural season for 2011-12: three operas at the Lyric Opera House with well-known singers, two of them accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The operas are "La traviata" in November, with sets from the Chicago Lyric Opera starring Elizabeth Futral (who's doing a lot of work in the area these days); "Le nozze di Figaro" in March, in a production from the Opéra de Montréal conducted by Joseph Rescigno, and "Faust" in April, in a co-production with the Arizona Opera. "Faust" will be accompanied by the Concert Artists of Baltimore Orchestra; the other two productions feature the BSO, which hasn't accompanied opera at the Lyric in more than 20 years.

Futral is the best-known name, but the casts feature a number of respected young singers who have performed at the WNO and elsewhere: Daniel Mobbs as Figaro, Marian Pop as the Count, Bryan Hymel as Faust

Baltimore may have a bit of "Traviata" fatigue by November; the Baltimore Opera Theater is presenting the opera at the Hippodrome on March 11.

The new company, meanwhile, is presenting a preview concert of the coming season at the Lyric on March 12.

By Anne Midgette  | February 11, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
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