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March 20, 2009

Baltimore Concert Opera sells out debut event, announces its next performance

Maybe there isn't enough money and/or interest to keep the Baltimore Opera Company afloat (an appalling situation, either way), but this community certainly has devoted fans of the operatic genre -- more than enough to sell out next week's debut by Baltimore Concert Opera.

The organization, founded by bass-baritone and Baltimore Opera veteran Brendan Cooke, will perform a concert version of Don Giovanni March 25 in the ballroom of the Engineers Club (Garrett-Jacobs Mansion) on Mount Vernon Place. It sold out quickly and there's a waiting list of folks hoping to squeeze somehow into that performance.

The company, which uses local and imported talent and offers piano accompaniment for these un-staged presentations, will offer "A Flight of Puccini" April 29 at the club: Act 1 of La boheme, Act 2 of Tosca, and Act 3 of Madama Butterfly. The vocal roster includes Rachel Cobb, Trevor Scheuneman and Tim Mix. James Harp, longtime artistic administrator of the now-bankrupt Baltimore Opera, will be at the keyboard. Tickets are $25 and $45.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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