Tenor Dinyar Vania, as Alfredo, and soprano Jennifer Forni, as Violetta, perform in Maryland Opera’s production of “La traviata” in February 2019. Photo by Ed Davis.

Maryland Opera will kick off their fifth season in November with a performance of “Ritorna Vincitor.”

James Harp, the opera company’s artistic director, said opera has withstood the pandemic and is alive and well.

“How exciting to be ‘back’ programming works by our great masters that reflect the tremendous legacy of grand opera!” Harp said in a statement. “As we have seen during this time of isolation and privation, opera and art have not died but only re-defined themselves as truly immortal! We still crave the pathos of Mimì, the heroism of Brünhilde, the intrigue of Tosca, the bravado of Escamillo, the glamor of Turandot, and the list goes on and on. Join us as we present marvelous and innovative programming sure to touch your hearts and souls!”

The “Ritorna Vincitor” performance will take place Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer on Charles Street. Tickets are $50.

The following month, the opera company will present a holiday-themed program featuring selections from “Hansel and Gretel.” The “Sounds of the Season” program will be held Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Boordy Vineyards, and Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Tickets are $20.

In February and March, Maryland Opera will present its “Heritage Series” to celebrate their supporters’ contributions. The performances will include grand opera and operetta repertoire, semi-staged and accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Tickets are $25.

A performance celebrating supporters Allan and Claire Jensen will be held Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.

Then, on March 26, their will hold a performance celebrating supporters Malcolm and Sandra Berman at 3 p.m. at Beth El Congregation.

Rounding out the season, Maryland Opera will present “Bravissimo Bel Canto,” with scenes from “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “I Puritani,” and “Norma.” The performance will take place April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer. Tickets are $50.

Audiences can purchase tickets at www.marylandopera.org or by phone at 484-678-6041. Tickets may also be available at the door on the day of the performance, but Maryland Opera recommends advance orders due to seating being limited.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...