Return Engagement

Spiro Malas, who has sung his way across many an opera stage_Broadway, too_ is back where he began, with the Baltimore Opera Company

April 26, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

Mario Lanza didn't enjoy a long or critically beatified career, but the movie star tenor sure left a legacy of inspiration.

He has been mentioned as a prime influence on the early development of many singers, from pop crooner Al Martino to all of the famed Three Tenors.

Baltimore Opera Company presents La Boheme at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. May 3, 8:15 p.m. May 5 and 6, 3 p.m. May 7 at Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets $50 to $137. Call 410-727-6000 or visit baltimoreopera.com.

Spiro Malas

Born:

Jan. 28, 1933, Baltimore

Personal:

married to soprano and voice teacher Marlene Kleinman; two sons

Faculty member:

Manhattan School of Music

Voice type:

Bass-baritone

First voice teachers:

Elsa Baklor, Ivor Chichagov

High school:

Forest Park

Baltimore Opera debut:

Marco in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, 1959

Metropolitan Opera:

155 performances, 1983-1990

Opera recordings:

With Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne

Broadway:

The Most Happy Fella

TV guest star:

Law & Order, Sex and the City, Kojak

Movie credit:

Finding North

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