'Tender Land' scrapped Music: Budget for Copland opera was prohibitive; instead, the Baltimore Opera will perform an Americanized 'Gianni Schicchi' and a program of favorite arias and songs.


The Baltimore Opera has canceled its summer production of Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land," which was to have been given this month at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills.

Spokeswoman Paula Martin said the cost of production has risen so dramatically that the company could not give the opera a quality presentation without greatly exceeding its budget.

The opera will substitute two shorter productions: a new adaptation of Puccini's one-act comedy "Gianni Schicchi" for Artscape in downtown Baltimore this weekend; and a recital of favorite arias and Broadway songs by three singers at Glenelg Country School in Columbia later this month.

James Harp, director of the opera chorus, has transported "Gianni Schicchi," the tale of a miser, his greedy relatives and a con man who outfoxes them all, from Renaissance Florence to Florence, Ala., during the Depression and retitled it "The Tale of Johnny S. Kickey." It will be performed at 5: 30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Auditorium. The performances are free.

Soprano Maria Zouves, tenor Joel Sorenson and baritone Daniel Mobbs will sing "An Evening of Summer Arias" at 7: 30 p.m. July 25 at the Glenelg school in Columbia. Zouves is married to bass-baritone Sherrill Milnes (who sang the title role in the Baltimore Opera's "Falstaff" last fall), and he will be the guest of honor at a post-concert reception.

Glenelg Country School is at 12793 Folly Quarter Road. Tickets are $25 for the recital and an additional $25 for the reception. Call 410-727-6000.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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