Weekend preview: Opera, operetta, choral music
Poe Town Opera, a division of the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, has come up with two novelties from the early comic repertoire: "Mirena e Floro," by Francesco Gasparini and Giovanni Bonocini, and the better-known "La Serva Padrona" by Pergolesi. Robyn Stevens, founder and artistic director of the foundation, directs a cast that includes soprano Laura Strickling and baritone Jason Buckwalter, accompanied by Erica Rome. 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Theatre Project.
Gilbert and Sullivan's surefire "Mikado" gets a production from Opera AACC at Anne Arundel Community College Friday and Sunday, as well as Feb. 4 and 5. Jennifer Blades directs a cast of professionals, students and others. The conductor is Douglas Brandt Byerly.
And the Handel Choir of Baltimore, led by Melinda O'Neal, gives a benefit concert for the Murphy Initiative for Justice & Peace on Sunday (4 p.m.) at St. Mary of the Assumption (5502 York Road). The program includes excerpts from Handel's "Messiah" and Mozart's "Requiem," as well as Ralph M. Johnson's "This House of Peace," featuring the BSO's principal oboist Katherine Needleman.