Tim Smith

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Tim Smith is The Sun’s fine arts critic, covering classical music, theater and visual arts. Before starting at The Sun in 2000, Smith was classical critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where he also contributed to NPR. He's written for The New York Times and BBC Music Magazine, and he's a contributor to Opera News. His book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

Recent Articles

  • A vibrant return of 'The Lion King' at the Hippodrome in Baltimore

    A vibrant return of 'The Lion King' at the Hippodrome in Baltimore

    Since the first time was the charm — “The Lion King” played 14 weeks to packed houses at the Hippodrome Theatre on its initial visit in 2005 — what to make of the third time for this epic Disney musical in Baltimore? A lot, as it turns out. Although aimed at kids in many ways, the piece, with book...

  • Baltimore-area theaters put their twist on 'A Christmas Carol'

    Baltimore-area theaters put their twist on 'A Christmas Carol'

    Only the incurably humbug-prone would bemoan the plentiful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” lighting up theaters this season in the Baltimore-Annapolis area. For whatever reason, there will be a few more opportunities this year to watch “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping,...

  • Slices of Baltimore life from photographer Joseph Kohl at Historical Society

    Slices of Baltimore life from photographer Joseph Kohl at Historical Society

    Baltimore has never lacked for attention from photographers. The best go far beyond chronicling the urbanscape to capture the people — unknown and familiar, ordinary and quirky, safe and risky — who give the city its character. That’s what Joseph Kohl did throughout a productive, all too short...

  • 'The Lion King' returns to Baltimore with its uplifting story, catchy music and intricate puppets

    'The Lion King' returns to Baltimore with its uplifting story, catchy music and intricate puppets

    When the sun first rose on Pride Rock 20 years ago at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, as a mandrill named Rafiki summoned all the animals to welcome Simba, newborn lion cub of King Mufasa, the sight caused a stir. It’s still stirring. Since that opening night on Nov. 13, 1997, “The Lion...

  • A worthy 'Werther' from Concert Opera

    A worthy 'Werther' from Concert Opera

    One of the saddest regressions in Baltimore’s cultural life has been on the operatic front, with the gradual fading away of professional, fully staged productions. The last company to attempt them, Lyric Opera Baltimore, went dormant a few years ago, awaiting firmer funding. Whether it ever comes...

  • 'Lady Day' conjures Billie Holiday in spirit, if not voice, at Rep Stage

    'Lady Day' conjures Billie Holiday in spirit, if not voice, at Rep Stage

    In March 1959, the time setting for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” now receiving a mostly satisfying production at Rep Stage, Billie Holiday was a mere four months away from her death at the age of 44. Years of substance abuse had taken a toll on her health and her voice, but, as her last...

  • Modell Lyric to present opera stars on new series

    Modell Lyric to present opera stars on new series

    There’s no telling when, or if, Baltimore Lyric Opera — any professional, full-scale company, for that matter — will ever return to the Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center, but there will be opera stars there this season. A new concert series dubbed Sunday Serenades will bring three terrific American...

  • Promising debut for new Choral Arts music director

    Promising debut for new Choral Arts music director

    It’s way too early to tell how the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s next era will turn out with Anthony Blake Clark as helmsman. But, based on first impressions Saturday night at Kraushaar Auditorium, the new music director is off to a promising start. Clark’s musicality was readily apparent in...

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