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Opera flourishes in Havre de Grace

As a member of the Havre de Grace Opera House Foundation Board, I would like to thank the many volunteers who made the recent production of composer Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" a reality in Havre de Grace.

Small cities rarely have the opportunity to experience first-class opera, and this performance was a win-win for everyone. As a fundraiser for the renovation of our historic 1871 Opera House it was a win, and it was a win for the audience who enjoyed the beautiful sanctuary of the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, a perfect setting for this one-act work.

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Special thanks go to OPERAtunity Maryland, led by principle singer Suzanne S. Chadwick, as well as to the other singers from the Baltimore-Washington area opera scene: Aurelio Dominguez, Patricia Portillo, Jose Sacin and Catrin Davies.

The production was supported by the Harford Choral Society, directed by William Spencer, and by accompanist Jeffery Miller from Opera Delaware.

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The Havre de Grace Opera House is on its way to becoming a state-of-the-art, 200-seat theater and art gallery in downtown Havre de Grace. This restored building will become a true legacy to the community and provide a place for a wide array of events, from musical concerts and recitals to plays and touring production companies. For more information, visit our website at operahousefoundation.org.

Irmgarde Brown, Have de Grace

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