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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | November 22, 1993
Tenors are a passionate breed; many would kill to have a voice with a top like Chris Merritt's.Yesterday afternoon in Shriver Hall when Merritt sang Tonio's first act aria -- the one with no less than eight high C's -- from Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment," the tenor nailed those high notes with brilliance, charm and ease. All the more remarkable was that this was the singer's s fourth encore after a long and difficult program of operatic arias in a benefit for the Baltimore Opera Company.
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By DAN RODRICKS | March 21, 1997
Has it been noted anywhere - other than on page 15 of the Baltimore Opera's current program notes - that Chris Merritt, who gets his mail in Pikesville, is the only tenor to have opened La Scala two seasons in a row? (Sports metaphor: This is like Mike Mussina being named starting pitcher in the All-Star game two years in a row.)La Scala, in Milan, is the hub of the opera universe. So we're talking prime time. And given how Italians, particularly those associated with opera, frequently engage in passionate arguments, the fact that they could settle twice in a row on this tall, fair-haired singer from the 21208 ZIP code says something grand about Chris Merritt.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | December 3, 1990
GIOACCHINO ROSSINI'S "Semiramide" has such florid and complicated singing the Metropolitan Opera Company hasn't produced it since 1894 and then with the famed Nellie Melba in one of the four key roles. In the intervening century, Rosa Ponselle and Ezio Pinza were once considered, but another vital singer asn't found so the project was scrapped.Friday night the Met in New York found all three plus more and produced a smash four-hour hit before a sold-out house. Leading the way as she's led the recent revival of Rossini was a terrific Marilyn Horne, in the male role composed for a deep contralto, the army commander Arsace in Mesopotamia (nowadays Iraq)
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1997
As a public school student in Oklahoma City, Chris Merritt fell serendipitously into an outstanding music program. Among his gifted instructors, Merritt, a world-acclaimed tenor who lives in Pikesville, will never forget a high-school teacher named Al Ossenkopp, known to all as "Ozzie."Ozzie "took me to the point of no return," Merritt says. When he graduated, a singing career was a given.At Pikesville High School, where his two children attend school, Merritt says, he has seen history repeat itself in the form of someone known to all as "Doc."
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November 23, 1990
WBJC (91.5 FM) will broadcast live 20 Metropolitan Opera productions on successive Saturdays after the annual Met Marathon 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. All times are 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The operas are:Dec. 8, Verdi's "La Traviata"; Dec. 15, 1 p.m. R. Strauss' "Salome"; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Giordano's "Andrea Chenier"; Dec. 29, Rossini's "Semiramide" (new production, with Baltimore tenor Chris Merritt.)Jan. 5, 1 p.m. Gounod's "Faust"; Jan. 12, Verdi's "Rigoletto"; Jan. 19, Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov"; Jan. 26, Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" (new production)
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June 1, 1993
KATE COPLAN'S time at Enoch Pratt Free Library was so long ago that "publicist" hadn't been coined yet; the term then was "public relations." She was, by considerable, Baltimore's smoothest p.r. person.That's an understatement. Try it this way: from the 1930s on into the 1960s, with Kate ministering to the minds of Baltimore's newspaper, magazine and radio people and thereby to the whole community, Pratt Library was commonly thought of as the municipal agency most eager to be of service. Her library, we writers and editors supposed, was very likely the most helpful one anywhere.
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By DAN RODRICKS | March 21, 1997
Has it been noted anywhere - other than on page 15 of the Baltimore Opera's current program notes - that Chris Merritt, who gets his mail in Pikesville, is the only tenor to have opened La Scala two seasons in a row? (Sports metaphor: This is like Mike Mussina being named starting pitcher in the All-Star game two years in a row.)La Scala, in Milan, is the hub of the opera universe. So we're talking prime time. And given how Italians, particularly those associated with opera, frequently engage in passionate arguments, the fact that they could settle twice in a row on this tall, fair-haired singer from the 21208 ZIP code says something grand about Chris Merritt.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1997
As a public school student in Oklahoma City, Chris Merritt fell serendipitously into an outstanding music program. Among his gifted instructors, Merritt, a world-acclaimed tenor who lives in Pikesville, will never forget a high-school teacher named Al Ossenkopp, known to all as "Ozzie."Ozzie "took me to the point of no return," Merritt says. When he graduated, a singing career was a given.At Pikesville High School, where his two children attend school, Merritt says, he has seen history repeat itself in the form of someone known to all as "Doc."
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By Sylvia Badger | February 23, 1996
COLLECTORS and fans of artist Joseph Sheppard -- best known for his paintings -- are for the first time getting a chance to see an exhibition of his bronze and marble sculptures. Last Tuesday, at a gallery at 1100 Reisterstown Road rented by Sheppard, people showed to see the 30 sculptures at a gala opening-coming home party. Sheppard, who was raised in the Pikesville community, is donating some of the proceeds to the Pikes Theater Renaissance Campaign.Fifteen years ago, he moved to Pietrasanta, a town in Tuscany in the foothills of the Carrara Mountains in Italy.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Staff Writer | July 2, 1992
The Young Victorian Theatre Company is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan's "Princess Ida," an operetta with a feminist theme, July 9-11 and July 16-18 in Centennial Hall at Bryn Mawr School on West Melrose Avenue. All performances begin at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 for general admission, $17 for seniors and patrons and $12 for children. For details, call (410) 323-3077.The company, now in its 22nd season, recently received endowment grants totaling $10,000. This year's annual operating budget is $60,000.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | November 22, 1993
Tenors are a passionate breed; many would kill to have a voice with a top like Chris Merritt's.Yesterday afternoon in Shriver Hall when Merritt sang Tonio's first act aria -- the one with no less than eight high C's -- from Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment," the tenor nailed those high notes with brilliance, charm and ease. All the more remarkable was that this was the singer's s fourth encore after a long and difficult program of operatic arias in a benefit for the Baltimore Opera Company.
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June 1, 1993
KATE COPLAN'S time at Enoch Pratt Free Library was so long ago that "publicist" hadn't been coined yet; the term then was "public relations." She was, by considerable, Baltimore's smoothest p.r. person.That's an understatement. Try it this way: from the 1930s on into the 1960s, with Kate ministering to the minds of Baltimore's newspaper, magazine and radio people and thereby to the whole community, Pratt Library was commonly thought of as the municipal agency most eager to be of service. Her library, we writers and editors supposed, was very likely the most helpful one anywhere.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | December 3, 1990
GIOACCHINO ROSSINI'S "Semiramide" has such florid and complicated singing the Metropolitan Opera Company hasn't produced it since 1894 and then with the famed Nellie Melba in one of the four key roles. In the intervening century, Rosa Ponselle and Ezio Pinza were once considered, but another vital singer asn't found so the project was scrapped.Friday night the Met in New York found all three plus more and produced a smash four-hour hit before a sold-out house. Leading the way as she's led the recent revival of Rossini was a terrific Marilyn Horne, in the male role composed for a deep contralto, the army commander Arsace in Mesopotamia (nowadays Iraq)
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November 23, 1990
WBJC (91.5 FM) will broadcast live 20 Metropolitan Opera productions on successive Saturdays after the annual Met Marathon 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. All times are 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The operas are:Dec. 8, Verdi's "La Traviata"; Dec. 15, 1 p.m. R. Strauss' "Salome"; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Giordano's "Andrea Chenier"; Dec. 29, Rossini's "Semiramide" (new production, with Baltimore tenor Chris Merritt.)Jan. 5, 1 p.m. Gounod's "Faust"; Jan. 12, Verdi's "Rigoletto"; Jan. 19, Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov"; Jan. 26, Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" (new production)
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | November 29, 1990
WHATEVER ELSE it is, December is the month for music. Ponds, rivers and oceans of beautiful music. In the Baltimore area, music is flowing everywhere.On Page C14 is a chronological list of holiday concerts and other mostly classical music events through early January. Some events are free; some cost money. Many need reservations. Some reflect the religious themes of the season; others don't.A number require decision-making: eight concerts are listed at 3 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. But the concerts are also spread out and varied enough to please anyone.
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By Stephen Wigler | March 19, 1993
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.
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