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April 14, 2010

Lyric Opera House to offer scholarships to summer camp of voice, theater training

Close on the heels of the Baltimore Symphony's first adult music camp for amateur instrumentalists (the "BSO Academy") in June at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will come the Lyric Opera House's first "Opera Camp" for Baltimore City Public School middle-schoolers in July.

The opera camp (July 12 to August 6) will offer free scholarships for 25 middle schoolers (ages 11-13), chosen by audition.

Students will get voice and drama training, along with

sessions on movement, improvisation and the backstage world of opera (sets, costumes, lighting, etc.). Various performances and field trips are planned for the students, but the coolest project for them is likely to be an opera that they write, produce and, at the end of the camp term, perform.

In a release from the Lyric Opera House, James Harp, director of opera and education for the theater, says: "The goal of the program is to provide a greater awareness of vocal music, particularly operatic music ... We are not seeking trained operatic voices and performers, but rather talented young singers with potential who wish to learn more about singing and opera and who want to experience the possibilities of artistic expression within a disciplined framework."

Auditions for the Opera Camp will be held on April 24. To schedule an audition, call 410-685-5086, ext. 323.

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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.

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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