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Don Giovanni

Witness the adventures and downfall of the mythical libertine Don Juan when the Baltimore Opera Company opens its 49th season today with Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. International opera star James Morris, who has sung in the world's major opera houses, returns to his hometown to sing the title role. (Greer Grimsley portrays Don Giovanni Sunday afternoon.) Hours are 7: 30 p.m. today and Wednesday, 8: 15 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 31. Tickets are $25-$112. Call 410-727-6000.

'Vive la France'

For a survey of virtually the entire history of French art in one exhibition, view "Vive La France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet" Tuesday through Jan. 16 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. From the intricate Migration metalwork of the early Middle Ages to the revolutionary jewelry design of Rene Lalique at the turn of this century, as well as popular masterpieces by Edouard Manet and Claude Monet, more than 1,500 years of French art are represented in the exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $5; $3 seniors, college students and ages 18-25; $1 ages 6-17; free from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, and for museum members and ages under 6. Call 410-547-9000.

Haunted Concert and crypt tours

Terrorize your senses with sudden bursts of music and creepy whispered phrases when the Bach Society of Baltimore and the Poe House Museum present the 3rd Annual Haunted Concert Sunday at Poe's burial place, Westminster Hall and Burial Ground, corner of Green and Fayette streets. The world premiere concert features a blend of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" with the Dies Irae movement of Verdi's "Requiem." Actor Tony Tsendeas portrays the murderer in his final confession. Shows start at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by guided tours of underground crypts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 410-521-0209.

Ballet Theatre of Annapolis

For a breathtaking evening of classical and modern ballet, attend the opening production of Ballet Theatre of Annapolis' 19th season at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. The program includes the "Ellington Suite" and "Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux." Tickets are $22, $12 for children and full-time students. Call 410-263-2909.

Mid-Atlantic Boat Show

Hundreds of boats are "docked" at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium today through Sunday for the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show. In addition to the latest in powerboats, cruisers, inboards, outboards, bass rigs, sport fishing boats, ski boats and high performance and luxury boats, showgoers can also find thousands of marine accessories. Hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, free under 10. Call 800-378-4315.

'Jekyll and Hyde'

A whirlwind odyssey pitting a man against himself is set into motion when the brilliant Dr. Jekyll's medical experiment backfires, giving life to Edward Hyde, his evil alter ego. The Broadway tour of the hit musical "Jekyll & Hyde" returns to the Mechanic Theatre Tuesday through Oct. 31. Show time is 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 410-752-1200.

Around the Harbor

'Ship as a Machine' tours

Learn through hands-on experiences how the mighty sailing machine, the USS Constellation, was powered, propelled and controlled during "Ship as a Machine" tours at 2 p.m. tomorrow and Oct. 29 at the Inner Harbor's Constellation Pier. As the last all-sail ship built in the U.S. Navy, the USS Constellation represents the epitome of sailing technology. Admission is $6, $4.75 seniors, $3.50 ages 6-14, free ages 5 and under. Call 410-539-1797.

Jose Carreras

Enjoy an "Intimate Evening with Jose Carreras" when the internationally renowned opera star and one of the "Three Tenors" makes his Baltimore debut at 7 p.m. Monday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The concert benefits Chimes, a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that provides services and support for people with barriers to independent living. Some $250 premium tickets, which include a cocktail buffet, are still available. General admission is $50-$75. For premium tickets, call 800-CHIMES1; general admission, 410-783-8000.

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