Baltimore Concert Opera Invites Public to Attend Live Auditions

Maria Callas Tribute to Debut at Artscape

BALTIMORE, MD - July 6, 2009 - After receiving more than twice the number of applications than they can accommodate, Baltimore Concert Opera is setting out to prove that Baltimore has operatic talent.

So You Think You Can Sing Opera will be held over the course of two evenings, Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14, 2009. A total of thirty-four singers will audition in front of a live audience with audience response potentially playing a part into future casting decisions. This evening of operatic selections will be held in the beautiful grand ballroom of the Garrett-Jacobs mansion. Admission to the event is $10 at the door and a cash bar will be available. Both evenings begin at 7:00pm. Visit www.BaltimoreConcertOpera.com for more information.

On Friday, July 17, 2009, Baltimore Concert Opera will offer The Life & Music of Maria Callas as part of Baltimore's Artscape festival. The performance will feature Soprano Francesca Mondanaro along with narration by renowned stage director Fabrizio Melano, a personal friend of Maria Callas with James Harp at the piano.

This original program will offer a unique look at Maria Callas the artist, focusing on the arias she was famous for singing and will steer away from a discussion of the soap opera that her life is sometimes portrayed as. Musical selections will include arias from Bellini's Norma, Puccini's Tosca, and Donizetti's La Sonnambula. This FREE performance will be held at Corpus Christi Church from 5:45pm-6:45pm on the opening night of Artscape 2009. For more information about this performance and the Artscape festival, visit www.Artscape.org.

Ticket sales for September 11 & 13, 2009 performances of Faust are already brisk. Starting with the 2009-2010 season, general admission is being replaced with assigned seating, allowing patrons to secure their seat today. In addition, The Engineers Club is offering Faust attendees the option to pre-purchase dinner before each performance at the club. Tickets may be purchased online at www.BaltimoreConcertOpera.com.

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About Baltimore Concert Opera
Founded by Baltimore resident and accomplished bass-baritone, Brendan Cooke, Baltimore Concert Opera is focused on introducing the concert opera format to Baltimore area residents of all ages and economic backgrounds. Concert attendees experience opera in an accessible setting where incredible voices can be heard up-close and personal, without staging, costumes or full orchestra. After a warm welcome by local arts patrons and bolstered by sellouts of their first two concerts, they intend to present four concerts in the 2009-2010 season, including Gounod's Faust in September, another concert TBA in November, and two more in the spring of 2010.

Press Contact: Michael Blair, 410.971.7935 or Michael@BaltimoreConcertOpera.com