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Baltimore Opera Theatre to debut with 'Barber,' 'Rigoletto' at Hippodrome

Baltimore Opera Theatre, recently formed by seasoned impresarios Giorgio Lalov and his wife, Jenny Kelly, will present its debut season at the Hippodrome -- full staged performances of Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Nov. 22) and Verdi's Rigoletto (March 11). Casting details have not been announced, but there is news about the orchestra and chorus.

From a press release: "It is the goal of Baltimore Opera Theatre to engage only local musicians and chorus.
For the first season, however, as the young company is developing a local orchestra and chorus, as well as funding, the company will engage the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus augmented by local musicians and chorus. Baltimore Opera Theatre also plans to present touring ballet and other major international dance ensembles."
(Lalov founded the touring opera company Teatro Lirico d'Europa, which uses predominantly European artists.)

A locally based conductor, J. Ernest Green, will lead the Barber performance; Lalov will be ...

the stage director for that production. Jan Jozef Wnek will conduct

Rigoletto

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The Hippodrome's dry acoustics, which Teatro Lirico discovered a few years ago when that company offered a performance of Don Giovanni there, will be handled with modest amplification. "No bodies will have mics," Kelly writes in an email. "No one's voice will be manipulated in any way."  

Tickets for the Opera Theatre of Baltimore presentations will be prived from $25 to $75; they are expected to go on on sale later in July. Also from the press release: "Other performances may be added to the season if additional dates become available at the Hippodrome Theatre. It is the goal of the Baltimore Opera Theatre to grow into a larger season as the company progresses."
Lalov and Kelly have deciced not to offer opera in concert form at the Meyerhoff during the inaugural season of Opera Theatre of Baltimore, as originally contemplated.    
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