Maybe there isn't enough money and/or interest to keep the Baltimore Opera Company afloat (an appalling situation, either way), but this community certainly has devoted fans of the operatic genre -- more than enough to sell out next week's debut by Baltimore Concert Opera.
The organization, founded by bass-baritone and Baltimore Opera veteran Brendan Cooke, will perform a concert version of Don Giovanni March 25 in the ballroom of the Engineers Club (Garrett-Jacobs Mansion) on Mount Vernon Place. It sold out quickly and there's a waiting list of folks hoping to squeeze somehow into that performance.
The company, which uses local and imported talent and offers piano accompaniment for these un-staged presentations, will offer "A Flight of Puccini" April 29 at the club: Act 1 of La boheme, Act 2 of Tosca, and Act 3 of Madama Butterfly. The vocal roster includes Rachel Cobb, Trevor Scheuneman and Tim Mix. James Harp, longtime artistic administrator of the now-bankrupt Baltimore Opera, will be at the keyboard. Tickets are $25 and $45.