New Concert Opera Organization to Offer Performances in Baltimore

Inaugural Production, Don Giovanni, Will Be Held on March 25, 2009 at The Engineers Club

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New Concert Opera Organization to Offer
Performances in Baltimore
Inaugural Production, Don Giovanni, Will Be Held on March 25, 2009
at The Engineers Club

BALTIMORE, MD - February 16, 2009 - Classical music fans have a new way to experience opera in Baltimore this spring with the launch of the Baltimore Concert Opera. Founded by Baltimore resident and accomplished bass-baritone, Brendan Cooke, the company will focus on introducing the concert opera format to Baltimore area residents of all ages and economic backgrounds. Attendees will experience opera in an accessible setting where incredible voices can be heard up-close and personal, without staging, costumes or full orchestra.

The Baltimore Concert Opera will take up residence in Mount Vernon's Engineers Club, performing in the historic venue's grand ballroom. This elegant backdrop will serve as the sole piece of scenery for the company's first production, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni, on Wednesday, March 25. The evening starts at 6pm with complimentary hors d''oeuvres and cash bar, followed by downbeat at 7pm. For those who wish to attend, there will be a pre-performance lecture at 6:15pm.

The production stars Michael Mayes in the title role, Jason Hardy as Leporello, Francesca Mondanaro as Donna Anna and Steven Sanders as Don Ottavio. Baltimore favorites Troy Clark, Thom King, Kyle Engler and Erika Juengst round out this exciting cast. The performance will be conducted by Anthony Barrese, the acclaimed Music Director of Opera Southwest, and accompanied by pianist Daniel Lau. The opera, which will be cut in length to make it more appropriate for a concert format, will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The performers will sing with open scores.

"In this difficult economic environment where entertainment dollars are limited, our goal is to bring exciting, accessible and affordable live performances of opera to the Baltimore area," said Brendan Cooke, General Director of Baltimore Concert Opera. "Opera has been around for hundreds of years and has survived recessions before," added Cooke. "We hope that when companies like Baltimore Opera open their doors again, we will have helped cultivate a new fan base for this wonderful art form."

The Baltimore Concert Opera plans to perform two works this spring, two more in the fall, and will conduct several fundraising events this summer. General Admission tickets to the performance of Don Giovanni are $25, which includes a pre-performance lecture and hors d'oeuvres. Premium tickets with assigned seats in the front of the ballroom are $45. For more information on the performance or to purchase tickets, go to www.BaltimoreConcertOpera.com.

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