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May 2, 2009

Baltimore couple promise new grand opera company next season

Just in case you missed it, check out my Saturday story about the ambitious Baltimore couple planning to start a new grand opera company here next season. I suspect that lots of stories will be generated by these two colorful people -- and probably others in the area with similar aspiriations -- as the months go by. Stay tuned.
Posted by Tim Smith at 1:39 PM | | Comments (3)
        

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This guy's attitude has already turned me off. And why would I pay good money to see an opera with second-rate singers that have rehearsed for a week?

Although I didn't have room for the whole interview, I should point out that the only one-week rehearsal he mentioned was specifically for the chorus in 'Barber.' If you recall how little chorus there is in that opera, he may have a point.TS

Hi, good post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for posting. I'll definitely be subscribing to your site.

An interesting possibility. But, Tim, by my count this is the second time you've written about prospects for the post-BOC era without mentioning Opera Vivente. OV isn't opulent (unless you count the singing) and its scale isn't "grand," but it's thoroughly professional, always entertaining, and occasionally breathtaking. This year's "Giovanni" and an earlier "Rigoletto" were just masterful, and I've enjoyed several other productions. OV's been around for 10 years, yet you've been writing as though the start-ups in various stages of discussion and promotion are Baltimore's only operatic hope.

In a perfect world a thousand opera flowers could bloom here, and I hope for selfish reasons that all the planning and even the dreaming going on now brings music to the stage before too long. But it's still too soon for "wait 'til next year" -- this operatic year ain't over. OV's "Albert Herring" has 2 more performances, this Thursday and Saturday (featuring 20th century music's second most famous Sid & Nancy). Please try not to forget OV again!

It's not a question of forgetting. It's a question of the Lyric, the main focal point of the story, and grand opera therein. Unless OV changes direction in some startling fashion, it will remain a chamber opera company performing in a much smaller venue. There's already too much blurring going on when it comes to the opera issue in this town.TS

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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).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at baltimoresun.com/artsmash. This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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