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 vocal artists to the venue for piano-accompanied recitals: the powerhouse mezzo Stephanie Blythe on Jan. 21; incisive soprano Patricia Racette on March 11; and dynamic baritone Nathan Gunn on May 6. All performances are at 3 p.m.
These singers are veterans of the Metropolitan Opera stage, as well as major opera houses throughout the world. They’re notable recitalists, too.
As far as I know, Blythe has not been heard in Baltimore since her memorable recital in 2006 for the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Gunn vividly sang a wide-ranging program in that hall in 2008 and returned to the area the next year for an eloquent recital of Schubert lieder at Goucher College. I don’t believe Racette has ever sung here, though certainly nearby — and to vivid effect — in Washington National Opera productions.
Tickets for Sunday Serenades go on sale Friday. Subscriptions to all three concerts are $59 to $99. Single-ticket prices are $28.50 to $48.50. (Sensibly, Modell-Lyric plans to sell seats only on the orchestra level, which will keep things more intimate.) Call 410-547-7328, or go to ticketmaster.com.