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.
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.
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.