Lyric Opera House to get new name after Modell donation
One of Baltimore's cultural landmarks is about to get a new name. The Lyric -- also known locally as the Lyric Opera House and, originally, the Music Hall when it opened in 1894 -- will become the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric on Sept. 21. (YPDATE: My story for Wednesday's paper contains mor information, quotes, etc.)
The change acknowledges a $3.5 million gift from Arthur Modell, former owner of the Baltimore Ravens, and his wife.
The donation completes a $12.5 million capital campaign by the Lyric Foundation to fund extensive renovations of the theater, which presents a wide range of entertainment events each year.
The renovations, already underway, are expected to be completed in
For decades, the Lyric was home to the Baltimore Opera Company, which folded a couple of years ago. A renovated house that could accommodate larger scenic designs was long a dream of that company. Opera still is in the plans for the renamed facility; a production of Verdi's "La Traviata," presented by the Lyric, is slated for fall 2011 to mark the completion of improvements to the interior.
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