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March 08, 2007|By [TIM SMITH]

Updated `Ulysses'

The lowdown -- Wartime. A woman longs for the return of her soldier husband. Talk about a timeless plot. It's the driving story behind The Return of Ulysses, an opera by Claudio Monteverdi that premiered in Venice in 1640. In a rare local staging by Opera Vivente, the work will be updated to the 1930s by director John Bowen to emphasize the lasting relevancy of this tale about the Trojan Wars. "It's a great piece," Bowen says, "that can appeal not just to opera-goers, but people who like spoken theater, since a lot of it is a form of heightened speech."

If you go -- Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. March 15 and 17 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 410-547-7997 or visit operavivente.org.

[TIM SMITH]

Guitarist Fabio Zanon

The lowdown -- The classical guitar, one of the subtlest and most elegant of instruments, has an unusually strong fan base in this region. And the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society regularly serves that base by bringing in top talent. This weekend, multiple prize-winning Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon, whose recordings have been enthusiastically received, will give a recital in the intimate concert hall at the Baltimore Museum of Art. His program includes music by eminent British-born composer and Peabody Institute faculty member Nicholas Maw.

If you go -- The recital is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 410-247-5320 or visit bcgs.org.

[TIM SMITH]

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