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By Eric Siegel and Stephen Wigler and Eric Siegel and Stephen Wigler,Staff Writers | October 29, 1992
Less than two years after barely averting bankruptcy with an emergency fund-raising campaign, the Baltimore Opera Company is coming off an unprecedented internal power struggle that could threaten its future.A quarrel among the company's trustees about the possibility of a crippling deficit has led to several resignations, to questions about the leadership of BOC general director Michael Harrison and to revelations about behind-the-scenes goings on that are closer to soap opera than grand opera.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | July 5, 2009
No, I haven't stopped thinking about Baltimore's opera future. And, thanks to some others in the area similarly focused, I've got a lot more to think about. Last week, Giorgio Lalov and Jenny Kelly announced the debut season of their Baltimore Opera Theatre at the Hippodrome - Rossini's The Barber of Seville in November and Verdi's Rigoletto in March. This will not be the all-local company Lalov and Kelly initially announced. These inaugural presentations, using an orchestra and chorus from Europe augmented with area musicians, suggest a version of the couple's longtime touring company, Teatro Lirico d'Europa.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2003
The Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series continued its gem of a season Monday evening with the fourth event on its schedule, the annual London City Opera performance at Alumni Hall. London City Opera is a touring company that last season traveled to Annapolis and 70 other U.S. cities with its Merry Widow. This season marks the opera's fifth North American tour of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Having always enjoyed the annual visits, and having heard Puccini's masterpiece at least a dozen times, I found the latest production to have an intimate charm.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
Three months after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and canceling the remainder of the 2008-2009 season, the board of trustees of the Baltimore Opera Company voted yesterday to pursue Chapter 7 liquidation instead and dissolve the 58-year-old organization. The company's assets, including a warehouse, scenery, costumes and technical equipment, will be sold, and the proceeds will be distributed among creditors. "We had some promises of money, but there just wasn't enough out there," said general manager M. Kevin Wixted.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 4, 2002
NEW YORK -- A major arts complex could arise from the shell of the World Trade Center site. New York City Opera officials have begun discussions with other cultural institutions and with government officials about creating an arts complex as the centerpiece of the rebuilding efforts. They caution that their planning is in its early stages and that they have not made a decision to go forward. But they have attracted interest from the Joyce Theater (the Chelsea-based home of contemporary dance)
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March 3, 1998
Todd Duncan,95, the baritone who created the role of Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and was the first black singer to join the New York City Opera, died Saturday at his home in Washington.He was known for his elegant phrasing and burnished tone and his dramatic persuasiveness. Those qualities won him his debut role at the New York City Opera in 1945, when he sang Tonio in a production of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." His City Opera debut made him the first black singer to perform opera with a white cast.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | August 19, 1994
The U.S. Naval Academy Music Department's 1994-1995 Distinguished Visitors Concert Series promises to be the most exciting in the history of Alumni Hall.The season begins on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg, under the direction of Valery Gergiev. The talented Russian's career has advanced steadily since he won the Karajan Competition in Berlin at age 23 and moved to the Kirov Opera as Yuri Temirkanov's assistant.Mr. Gergiev will conduct Wagner's Prelude to "Parsifal," Prokofiev's Fifth Piano Concerto and the wrenching Eighth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich.
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By Pat Hook and Pat Hook,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 13, 1996
The Naval Academy's Distinguished Artist Series enters its sixth season of presenting performers of international stature to the Brigade of Midshipmen and to the Annapolis community at large.This year's series features return engagements by the New York City Opera National Company and Russia's famed Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. Modern dance and choral music round out the series, to be presented in the Bob Hope Performing Arts Center of the academy.The series opens Friday with the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the world's foremost modern dance companies.
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February 28, 2004
Otto John Beyer, a bass-baritone who performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and owner of a tool-and-die-making business, died Feb. 20 of complications from a stroke at Crescent Cities Center in Riverdale. He was 91. He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., and moved to Pittsburgh as an infant. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from what is now Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1930s, family members said. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army, declining to attend officer training school because he "wanted to be one of the men," said his wife, the former Barbara Main.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | March 6, 1994
Julius Rudel isn't sure how many times he's conducted Verdi's "Macbeth.""Not that many -- maybe 18 or 20 times," says Rudel, who will assuredly add four more to that imperfectly remembered number at the Lyric Opera House starting Saturday, when he leads the Baltimore Opera Company in its production of the composer's first great Shakespearean opera."
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By From Sun news services | September 30, 2008
The Boss gets nod to play at Super Bowl halftime Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Sunday night. Continuing a run of major talent that has lately included the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the biggest television event in the nation will showcase one of its most beloved rock 'n' roll artists. The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | July 4, 2007
Beverly Sills retired from singing 27 years ago, but the afterglow of her vocal art never really faded. All you had to do was just think of the soprano, and you could still hear the distinctive sound of her gleaming voice, still feel the embrace of her personality. Not many opera stars leave so indelible an impression. Sills, who died Monday at 78, was one of those rare forces of nature who sweep through the music world periodically, brightening up the place, pushing aside pretentiousness and affectation, reaching out to the initiated and uninitiated alike.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 20, 2005
In the gloomy warehouse where the Baltimore Opera Company held early rehearsals for its season-opening production of La Traviata, conductor Julius Rudel perched on a stool, keeping an ear on every note from the singers, an eye on every movement. Periodically, when there was a little break in the action, he approached them to offer a quick, quiet word of advice about phrasing. And when Julius Rudel offers advice, only the incurably smug would ignore it. The conductor exudes an air of gentle authority.
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February 28, 2004
Otto John Beyer, a bass-baritone who performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and owner of a tool-and-die-making business, died Feb. 20 of complications from a stroke at Crescent Cities Center in Riverdale. He was 91. He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., and moved to Pittsburgh as an infant. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from what is now Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1930s, family members said. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army, declining to attend officer training school because he "wanted to be one of the men," said his wife, the former Barbara Main.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2003
The Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series continued its gem of a season Monday evening with the fourth event on its schedule, the annual London City Opera performance at Alumni Hall. London City Opera is a touring company that traveled to Annapolis and 70 other U.S. cities last season with its Merry Widow. This season marks the opera's fifth North American tour of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Having always enjoyed the annual visits, and having heard Puccini's masterpiece at least a dozen times, I found the latest production to have an intimate charm.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2003
The Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series continued its gem of a season Monday evening with the fourth event on its schedule, the annual London City Opera performance at Alumni Hall. London City Opera is a touring company that last season traveled to Annapolis and 70 other U.S. cities with its Merry Widow. This season marks the opera's fifth North American tour of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Having always enjoyed the annual visits, and having heard Puccini's masterpiece at least a dozen times, I found the latest production to have an intimate charm.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 4, 2002
NEW YORK -- A major arts complex could arise from the shell of the World Trade Center site. New York City Opera officials have begun discussions with other cultural institutions and with government officials about creating an arts complex as the centerpiece of the rebuilding efforts. They caution that their planning is in its early stages and that they have not made a decision to go forward. But they have attracted interest from the Joyce Theater (the Chelsea-based home of contemporary dance)
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 1, 1998
Last week's column outlined the seasons of the area's opera companies. Here are some single operas hiding in the corners of the year to come.Other than "Samson et Dalila" at Washington Opera, French opera is largely neglected this season -- except by Washington Concert Opera, which will present an unstaged version of Ambroise Thomas' "Hamlet."Canadian baritone Russell Braun sings the title role (which the French pronounce "omelet"), and Ruth Ann Swenson (who sang Juliette for Baltimore Opera in 1997)
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