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The Baltimore Concert Opera Presents THE CONSUL by Gian Carlo Menotti – 11/22 and 11/24

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Baltimore Concert Opera continues its season of tragic heroines with The Consul. An unfortunately timeless piece, The Consul touches on issues of fascism, political resistance, and immigration bureaucracy that are every bit as relevant today as when the Pulitzer Prize winning work premiered in 1950. Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn makes her company debut as Magda Sorel, joined by Ron Loyd as John Sorel. Performances are at the historic Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion on November 22nd and 24th. Tickets: $29.50 – 73.50 and can be purchased here.

Peabody Needs Dogs (and Humans) to Audition for Its Next Opera

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Does your dog have what it takes to be an opera star? More specifically — is he or she a small, mixed-breed dog who isn’t afraid of a little singing? If so, let your pet know about the upcoming auditions for Street Scenean opera being staged at the Lyric by Peabody this November.

Baltimore Is a (Surprising) Opera Town

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Baltimore’s opera buffs were crushed in 2009 when the city’s preeminent opera offerers (the Baltimore Opera Company) announced plans to cancel the rest of its season, file for bankruptcy, and shutter its doors. Who could’ve guessed back then that by 2013, the city would be the home to a handful of small opera outfits — including the Baltimore Concert Opera, which is in the middle of a major fundraising campaign.

Baltimore Composer Snags a Pulitzer

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It’s been a good month for the Peabody Institute.  First, a high-profile opera star signed on to teach at the school; now, a Pulitzer!

Kevin Puts teaches composition at Peabody, but he’s far more than just a teacher, as the award shows.  Long considered a “promising composer” by various sources who should know, Puls is no longer getting praise for his promise and potential; now he’s a full-fledged success story. He can set his Pulitzer on his mantel next to a Rome Prize and a composition award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Pulitzer was for Silent Night:  Opera in Two Acts, a piece about the spontaneous Christmas cease fire between French, German, and Scottish troops during World War I (which was previously immortalized in the song “Snoopy’s Christmas”).  After its debut, Opera News weighed in:  “With this remarkable debut, Puts assumes a central place in the American opera firmament. Much will be expected from him.” If you’re interested in seeing some of Puts’ work performed live, you can catch his Symphony No. 4 performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in June, or travel north to see the Opera Company of Philadelphia perform Silent Night during its next season.

Puts first heard about his award when the Associated Press called him asking for a comment at 3:30 a.m. A standing ovation to you, Kevin Puts.

Peabody Snags an Opera Star; Baltimore Gains a Power Couple

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Denyce Graves has sung for Gerald Ford, Ted Kennedy, Marian Anderson, ad George W. Bush. She’s performed for the Supreme Court justices and is a panelist for American Idol Underground. In other words, she’s a real-live opera star — and she’s also the newest voice instructor for  the Peabody Conservatory.

While Graves’ opera bona fides are apparent, the hiring came as something of a surprise. When Graves stopped by Peabody last fall to teach a master class, she wasn’t angling for a job. “She didn’t know she was auditioning,” said Phyllis Bryn-Julson, chair of the school’s voice department (and an opera star herself). But Graves impressed the students so much that the school started considering her for a position with the voice faculty. “Anybody who can pick up her skirt with her teeth while her hands are tied behind her back is on my front burner,” said Bryn-Julson, referring to Graves’ impressive debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995.

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