Next season, opera promises a local flavor

March 19, 1993|By Stephen Wigler

An appearance by bass-baritone James Morris in the title role of Verdi's "Macbeth" and a recital by tenor Chris Merritt are among the highlights of next year's Baltimore Opera Company season.

Baltimorean Morris will be assaying the great role for the first time in his distinguished career on March 12, 16, 18 and 20, 1994.

Merritt, a Baltimore resident who is one of the best-known bel canto specialists, will give his recital Nov. 21 at Grace United Methodist Church.

The season will open with a new production of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" (Oct. 16, 20, 22 and 24, 1993), directed and designed by the Argentine team of Robero Oswald and Anibal Lapiz. The two were responsible for the BOC's impressive recent productions of Strauss' "Salome" and Verdi's "Don Carlo."

The season will conclude with another new production -- Puccini's "La Boheme" (April 23, 27, 29 and May 1, 1994) -- that will be directed by John Lehmeyer and designed by Holly Highfill. Performances will be in Italian.

Apart from the Merritt recital, all performances will take place at the Lyric Opera House at 8:15 p.m., except on Wednesday evenings, when the opera will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening performances will also feature lower subscription prices and options for pre-curtain dinners and lectures.

For subscription information, call (410) 685-0692.

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