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Viva Verismo

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Date(s) - Sunday, November 24, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Cambridge School


Maryland Opera opens its second season bringing the magic of grand opera to Baltimore for two performances on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 24 at 4pm with a performance of “Viva Verismo!,” presented in the beautiful and award-winning Sanctuary at the Cambridge School in North Baltimore, 6200 North Charles Street 21212. Building on the resounding success of its inaugural season by now presenting two performances of each production, this event will feature selections from beloved Verismo operas, staged and costumed, with chamber orchestra accompaniment and projected English translations to ensure audience enjoyment of these iconic stories. Verismo Opera represents the “reality TV” of the 19th century. High drama, inflamed passion and frank carnality are the hallmarks of our selections from the great composers of the era offering a glimpse of real life and love – Italian style!

The program features the famed Intermezzo and Santuzza/Turiddu duet from Cavalleria Rusticana; the complete Act II of Tosca; the Prologue and Finale of Act 1 of Pagliacci, and selections from L’Arlesiana, Adriana Lecouvreur, and Andrea Chénier.

Singing the role of Tosca and Maddalena will be Metropolitan Opera Artist Amy Shoremount-Obra, renowned all of the world for her portrayal of dramatic heroines. Maryland favorite Colleen Daly, known for her beauty and great interpretive gifts, will sing the role of the sensual and desirous Nedda. Spinto tenor Dane Suarez, acclaimed for his dashing stage presence and Verismo romantic roles will sing Cavaradossi and Andrea Chénier. Peabody graduate Peter Scott Drackley, making a career all over the United States, will sing Turiddu and the iconic role of Canio, the clown whose heart is breaking. Metropolitan Opera Artist Stephen Gaertner, fresh from his European triumph as Amonasro in Naples, will sing two of the most evil villains in opera, Scarpia and Tonio. Rounding out the stellar cast will be Katelyn Jackman, mezzo soprano, James Wright, baritone, and a special debut with Maryland Opera Camp alumna Grace Hebeisen as Lola. Stage and musical direction for all selections is by Maryland Opera’s Artistic Director, James Harp, long known for excellence in operatic performances and musical outreach in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Tickets are $50 and are available on Maryland Opera’s website,, and at the door on the day of the performance. Free parking is available in the Cambridge School parking lot.

Maryland Opera, Inc. was formed after the Modell-Lyric ceased to produce opera performances. It is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and fully independent from the Lyric. Maryland Opera is energized and motivated to bring the excitement and beauty of live opera–traditional programming as well as innovative and modern approaches–to diverse audiences, including historically underserved audiences throughout Maryland.

For media questions, please contact James Harp, Artistic Director for Maryland Opera, at 410-591-2853.

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