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June 5, 2009

Renee Fleming to give recital Dec. 17 at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House

Renee Fleming, the stellar soprano who made her Lyric Opera House debut a few years ago in a benefit concert for the Baltimore Opera Company, will returnfor a solo recital with piano, presented by the Lyric on Dec. 17. Ticket details have not yet been announced.

The December recital is just one more example of how the Lyric's management is determined to keep some sort of operatic activity going on in the venue since the demise of its longtime tenant, Baltimore Opera, earlier this season.  

An ad placed by the Lyric in the program for its presentation of Washington National Opera in a concert performance of Turandot on Tuesday, lists Fleming's pianist for the recital as ...

Gerald Moore. That sure gave me pause. It can't, of course, be the Gerald Moore, the legendary accompanist who died in 1987. I haven't had a chance to investigate further. Maybe someone else can enlighten me about Fleming's collaborator, who is also her pianist for several other recitals in December, according to the calendar on her Web site. What a name for any accompanist to live up to. 


Posted by Tim Smith at 8:24 AM | | Comments (2)


As an opera lover and subscriber, I was devastated when the Baltimore Opera Company went bankrupt was thrilled to hear that Ms. Fleming will be performing at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore on Dec. 17. However, ticket prices starting at $424 and ending at $60l per ticket knock the chances of me going to listen to her right out of the park. No wonder opera companies fail; those of us with modest incomes cannot afford such an extravagant price tag. I am heartsick that I will not be able to experience her astounding talent.

Not sure where you got those figures, but, as I reported, the Lyric's press release says $30 to $125. TIM

Gerald Martin Moore

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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.

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