Small operas will play in great outdoors


The Baltimore Opera Company will present two one-act American operas next weekend in Catonsville as its SummerAria program of its "Great Opera in the Great Outdoors" series.

Performances of Thomas Pasatieri's "Signor Deluso" and Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti" will run July 23 and July 24 at the Lurman Woodland Theater, on Bloomsbury Road in Catonsville.

The performances, fully staged and costumed, will be conducted by Ronald Gretz and directed by Roger Brunyante. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Gates will open two hours earlier for picnickers.

The SummerAria program is supported by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, Friends of the Lurman Woodland Theater and the Catonsville Recreation and Parks Council.

For details and ticket information, call (410) 727-6000.


Due to high subscription and ticket sales, the Baltimore Opera Company will add a performance of each of its three operas next season. "Second Saturday" tickets are available to Verdi's "Rigoletto" (Oct. 22); Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (March 25); and Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" (April 29).

For details about tickets and subscriptions call (410) 727-6000.


Playwright H. B. Johnson and poet Rose Solari will read from their works at 8 p.m. July 28 at Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St., in Fells Point.

Mr. Johnson's plays have won WMAR-TV's Black Playwrights Award for three consecutive years. Two of them -- "A Gift From the Hunters" and "Smooth Disappointment" -- have been produced by Arena Players.

Co-founder of Pandora, a non-profit organization encouraging cross-media collaboration between women artists, Ms. Solari is the associate editor of Common Boundary magazine. A collection of poems, "Difficult Weather," was recently published by Gut Punch Press.

Admission to the reading is $4. For details call (410) 675-6870.


AXIS Theatre will hold general auditions for all productions of its 1994-1995 season from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 at the theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. All actors are requested to prepare a contemporary monologue lasting one to three minutes. Call (410) 243-5237.

* The Heritage Players will hold auditions for the November production of "The Nerd," at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 2 at Ames United Methodist Church, 9 Walker Ave., in Pikesville. The production calls for four men, two women and one boy. Call (410) 665-7194 after 6 p.m.


The deadline is Aug. 7 for visual artists who wish to apply for a studio at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., in South Baltimore. Each available studio is more than 500 square feet in size and is suitable for working in a variety of media. (Separate ceramic and photographic facilities are available as well.) The lease of $175 per month includes heat, electricity and water. The lease runs month to month for a year with a second and third year renewal upon approval. Resident artists are chosen by application to a studio selection panel. For details call (410) 396-4641.


Visual artists are invited to submit proposals to a regional competition for three installation exhibitions at School 33 Art Center. The deadline for application is 4 p.m. Sept. 17. Conceptual photographer Lorna Simpson will select the installation proposals. The competition is open to all artists living within a 75-mile radius of Baltimore. For details and applications call (410) 396-4641.


Cathy Cohen has been appointed development coordinator for School 33 Art Center. Formerly director of public affairs for the Baltimore City Life Museums, Ms. Cohen will work with the center's staff and board, and with the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture to develop fund-raising and marketing strategies for the center.

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