Nov 25, 2009

Baltimore Opera Theatre shows promise in its first production

(Baltimore Sun) ... Described in the program book as "a new opera company with an aesthetic view of the arts ... not based on frivolous budgets and grandiosity," the enterprise offered a production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" that contained roughly equal portions of professionalism and provincialism. It would have been unrealistic, of course, to expect an operatic savior to emerge so soon after the Baltimore Opera Company's liquidation. And it is entirely possible that the next Baltimore Opera Theatre production - Verdi's "Rigoletto" in March - will be much sturdier and more consistent. Continued

Photo: Bibliothèque nationale de France ; from Le Hanneton, a satirical magazine of Rossini's era. (Via Wikipedia)