As a long-time opera fan, I just love the simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. To see the singer/actors' facial expressions — for example, Suzuki's sympathy when she knows Madame Butterfly has been taken advantage of by the U.S. Naval officer, Lt. Pinkerton — is more than worth the admission price. Up close and personal can last a lifetime.
No-shows and last-minute cancellations increasingly plague the hospitality industry as online platforms such as OpenTable remove the personal interactions reservation once required, and reduce the guilt customers feel for backing out at the last minute, say industry analysts, owners and consumers. Restaurants across the country have started raising the stakes for diners who back out.
A look behind "The City," a multimedia work about Baltimore, past and present (including Freddie Gray riots), with music by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts and film by James Bartolomeo, being premiered in April by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop.
St. Patrick's Day and the days around it might as well be marked in green on the March calendar, because this festive holiday seemingly has everybody in an Irish mood. That's certainly the case for the Columbia Orchestra's Symphonic Pops concert on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Jim Rouse Theatre.
Judges and attorneys are cast members in the Young Victorian Theatre Company's upcoming performances of "Trial by Jury," a 40-minute Gilbert & Sullivan operetta that pokes fun at the legal profession. The comedy confection is being staged this week for a serious purpose, as a fundraiser by the Maryland Bar Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate and fundraising arm of the Baltimore Bar Association, to raise money to represent the legally underserved — defendants who can't afford an attorney.
Billionaire theater producer Cameron ("Cats," "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," etc.) Mackintosh discusses his revamped production of "The Phantom of the Opera" heading to Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre.