Maryland Lyric Opera

Maryland Lyric Opera Maryland Lyric Opera is the leading non-profit producer of opera in MD. We strive to be Opera for All while maintaining the highest level of artistic excellence.
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We are committed to training young artists through exposure to experienced professionals

Mission: Brad Clark, Founder and Artistic Director Louis Salemno, Music Director Matthew Woorman, General Manager MDLO seeks to: Provide employment in the region for those involved in making opera from the ushers at the doors through to the musicians in the orchestra pit, foster new audiences for opera both through the artistry presented and through a commitment to affordable ticket pricing, Develop and promote the careers of emerging artists.

Operating as usual

As we stride towards 2021, we look back with gratitude to everyone who made our 2019-2020 season possible.
01/01/2021

As we stride towards 2021, we look back with gratitude to everyone who made our 2019-2020 season possible.

We look back over a year after our performance of the MDLO Orchestra when we were grateful to accompany the late, great ...
11/22/2020
A Taste of MDLO Episode 5: Leon Fleisher Tribute

We look back over a year after our performance of the MDLO Orchestra when we were grateful to accompany the late, great Leon Fleisher at The Music Center at Strathmore on November 12, 2019.

A Taste of MDLO Episode 5. MDLO Recent Endeavors with Leon Fleisher Tribute Introduction by Shaun Tirrell, MDLO Director of Development Debussy: Prélude à l'...

11/12/2020

To all Veterans: Thank you for your sacrifice, honor and service to our nation.
A special shout out to all of the service men and women who have touched MDLO and our community.
Thank you to the veterans who have played or sung on our stage or in our orchestra pit who are active duty or retired from our nation’s elite service bands and choirs!
Thank you to the many veteran patrons who have supported us by attending our performances!
This and every day - thank you for keeping us safe!

MDLO Assistant Conductor Christopher Koelzer's new album "SONATAS", new works by Blake Allen hit #1 on iTunes Classical ...
09/13/2020
Sonatas by Blake Allen, Christopher Koelzer, Emily Uematsu & Susan Mandel

MDLO Assistant Conductor Christopher Koelzer's new album "SONATAS", new works by Blake Allen hit #1 on iTunes Classical Albums this past week with rumors of charting on Billboard! Congratulations to all involved! They are counting listens and album purchases through 10pm tonight. Listen or purchase if you haven’t already! Christopher is donating all of his proceeds to The Ocean Conservancy to support cleaning and repairing our oceans! Bravi tutti!

Album · 2020 · 11 Songs

Maryland Lyric Opera mourns the legendary Leon Fleisher, who died today. Mr. Fleisher played with the MDLO Orchestra Nov...
08/03/2020

Maryland Lyric Opera mourns the legendary Leon Fleisher, who died today. Mr. Fleisher played with the MDLO Orchestra November 12, 2019 at the age of 91, and all who were present at Strathmore will never forget his ability to control time and seemingly commune with Mozart. Our thoughts are with his family, including MDLO Principal Harpist Deborah Fleisher, and the generations of musicians and music fans who were inspired by his artistry and humanity.

MDLO is very proud to support the work of Food & Friends who prepare and deliver thousands of medically tailored meals t...
07/15/2020

MDLO is very proud to support the work of Food & Friends who prepare and deliver thousands of medically tailored meals to folks in our region in need. Bravi Tutti to their team! Nice looking wheels!

You may have noticed some of our vans sporting a fresh look these past few months. Today we want to shout out another branded van sponsor, Maryland Lyric Opera! With support from Food & Friends donor and MDLO Founder and Artistic Director, Brad Clark, we’re thrilled to have this beauty out on the road.
#deliveringhope #medicallytailoredmeals #homedeliveredmeals

🎶#FBF Looking back to our June 24, 2020 performance for the Healthcare Heroes at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medici...
07/10/2020

🎶#FBF Looking back to our June 24, 2020 performance for the Healthcare Heroes at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine! 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️🧑‍⚕️

Our first MDLO performance in the time of COVID-19. Great memories from our performance for the staff at Suburban Hospit...
07/03/2020

Our first MDLO performance in the time of COVID-19. Great memories from our performance for the staff at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda! We were grateful for the opportunity to give back to our local healthcare heroes! Great performances were given by:
Javier Arrey, Baritone
Manli Deng, soprano
Christopher Koelzer, piano
Yi Li, Tenor
Support our Healthcare Heroes!!!

#tbt The Maryland Lyric Opera provided a special performance at Suburban Hospital last week to show their support and appreciation for our health care workers. Thank you!

06/29/2020
A Taste of MDLO: Episode 4. Marriage of Figaro Excerpts

🎶🎥 Dear Friends, we have another episode of "A Taste of MDLO" for you to enjoy tonight. As many of you know, earlier in June we were supposed to present a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro directed by the legendary Ruggero Raimondi. Sadly, this project had to be put on hold, but we remain hopeful we will do it next season, in the calendar 2021.

In the meantime, we put together a video which features our amazing MDLO Institute alumni Jose Sacin - Baritone, Mary Feminear, soprano, Youna Hartgraves performing excerpts of Le Nozze di Figaro in concert. We should mention 😎 that the wonderful Mary Feminear will be singing the role of Countess Almaviva in our new production of The Marriage of Figaro. We truly cannot wait!!! 🎼🎊🎉

The video also features a clip from the concert of MDLO Orchestra with Leon Fleisher at Strathmore, from past fall.

We hope you enjoy it!

#ATasteofMDLO #opera #music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7SLNiTXgAI&feature=youtu.be

Excerpts of recordings from: MDLO Orchestra: November 12, 2019 MDLO Institute Presents: An Evening of Mozart - The Da Ponte Operas - March 2019 Introduction ...

🎶 🎧 Dear Friends, at 1:30PM EST do NOT miss a VERY special live concert (with live audience!) from our friends in Munich...
06/29/2020

🎶 🎧 Dear Friends, at 1:30PM EST do NOT miss a VERY special live concert (with live audience!) from our friends in Munich. One day we will be back on stage as well, but for now we applaud the efforts of our colleagues across the ocean. #MDLORecommends

Also, right after the concert stay tuned for a new episode of "A Taste of MDLO" featuring outstanding performances of our young soloists whom 🤞🤞 we will present again next season.

Last but not least, the series "In Conversation with MDLO" will continue later this week with a new and exciting guest

Program:

1. Arnold Schönberg
Chamber Symphony No. 1 op. 9 for 15 Solo Instruments
Langsam – Sehr rasch – Sehr langsam – Schwungvoll – Hauptzeitmaß

2. Igor Strawinsky
Suite from the Ballet Pulcinella for Orchestra

3. Gustav Mahler
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Nr. 1 - 4
(arranged by Arnold Schönberg)

4. Richard Strauss
Orchestersuite from Bürger als Edelmann byMolière Op.60

Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor
Kirill Petrenko, Conductor

Bayerisches Staatsorchester

www.staatsoper.tv

Mit dem 13. Montagskonzert feiern wir heute Abend ab 19.30 Uhr unseren Saisonabschluss. Generalmusikdirektor Kirill Petrenko dirigiert das Bayerisches Staatsorchester und die Orchesterakademie mit Werken von Schönberg, Strawinsky und Strauss. Jonas Kaufmann wird Gustav Mahler's „Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen“ singen. Wir übertragen das Konzert live und kostenlos auf www.staatsoper.tv!

06/26/2020
In Conversation with MDLO: Mark Delavan. Episode Three

🎶 🎬 In the last episode of "In Conversation with MDLO: MArk Delavan", we discuss social media, country music (with vocal examples!) and off-stage projects that Mark has taken part in. It was a lot of fun to host Mark Mark Delavan in our virtual studio. We hope you enjoyed it too!

Next week we will have more wonderful guests. 🎊🎊🎵
Stay tuned!

www.mdlo.org

#InConversationWithMDLO #opera #countrymusic

06/25/2020
In Conversation with MDLO. Interlude

🎶 🎬 As we continue to host Mark Delavan in our virtual studio (do not forget to watch Episodes one and two in the previous posts), we have a terrific surprise for you. In this Interlude of "In Conversation with MDLO: Mark Delavan" the world-renowned baritone, incomparable Mark performs a.... famous country song a cappella!

Stay tuned for the last episode tomorrow: we will talk about how Mark is staying in touch with his audience, what the opera companies should be doing “off-stage” and other interesting topics.

#InConversationWithMDLO #opera

06/24/2020
In Conversation with MDLO: Mark Delavan. Episode Two

🎶 🎬 Dear Friends, please join us for the Episode Two of "In Conversation with MDLO": Mark Delavan. Today Mark Delavan talks about how the pandemic is affecting his life, what he is doing with his downtime, and what is he most looking forward to when these dire times are over

Episode One in two parts is in previous posts.

Enjoy!

And do not forget to check out our new website
Www.mdlo.org

#InConversationWithMDLO #opera

06/22/2020
In Conversation with MDLO. Mark Delavan

🎶 🎬 Dear Friends, Part One of the Episode One of our conversation with the amazing Mark Delavan is in the previous post. Please check it out!

Once again, we encourage you to ask Mark questions!

Episode Two of our coversation with Mark will be released on Wednesday. Stay tuned! Lots of fascinating stuff there!

#InConversationWithMDLO

06/22/2020
In Conversation with MDLO Mark Delavan

🎶 🎬 Dear Friends, we have been very privileged to work with many phenomenal artists, those who are still at the dawn of their careers as well as world-renowned musicians. Even though just at the moment we can't present them on stage, we would love for you to get to know them “off stage”.

So tonight we are starting a new digital initiative “In Conversation with MDLO”: an informal chat in our “virtual” studio. The artists will join us from their homes to discuss their careers, their dream roles, how they spend this pandemic “downtime”, what they most look forward to when they will get back to work, and other interesting issues.

We also encourage you to ask questions in the comments, so that after the conversation we can have a Q&A session.

The first guest in our digital studio is the renowned baritone Mark Delavan. Last September we were thrilled to present Mark in our double-bill of masterpieces, Puccini's Il Tabarro and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Prior to that, Mark performed in the concert performance of La Fanciulla del West in our inaugural season. In an illustrious career Mark has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. His repertoire includes a wide range of important baritone roles such as Falstaff, Wotan, Amonasro, Simon Boccanegra, Nabucco, and Scarpia.

Please meet Mark Delavan!
Episode One, Part One is in this post. Part Two follows in the next post
#InConversationWithMDLO

🎶 🎧 Dear Friends, stay tuned in a couple of hours for a very exciting announcement and the first episode of our new cool...
06/22/2020

🎶 🎧 Dear Friends, stay tuned in a couple of hours for a very exciting announcement and the first episode of our new cool digital initiative. 😎 🎬

In the meantime, there are two opera streams tonight that we do not want you to miss.

1. From the Glyndebourne Festival comes the young Handel’s first opera for the London stage: Rinaldo. Conducted by baroque specialist Ottavio Dantone, directed by the renowned Robert Carsen. With Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Cast:

Rinaldo: Sonia Prina
Goffredo: Varduhi Abrahamyan
Eustazio: Tim Mead
Almirena: Anett Fritsch
Armida: Brenda Rae
Argante: Luca Pisaroni

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OieU3tbRwQ&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OpenHouse%3ARinaldoreminder-Sun21.06&utm_content=version_A&sourceNumber=25358

2. Vienna State Opera
Mussorgsky. Khovanshchina with an outstanding Russian conductor/director team
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Director: Lev Dodin

Prince Andrey Khovansky: Christopher Ventris
Prince Vasily Golitsin: Herbert Lippert
Boyar Fyodor Shaklovity: Andrzej Dobber
Marfa: Elena Maximova
Dosifey: Ain Anger

https://www.staatsoperlive.com/event/0/2e88e062-e9e4-4a81-a29d-6f4343ab2508/watch

#OperaOnYourSofa #MDLOrecommends

🎊 🎶 🎧 Dear Friends, Happy Father's Day to ALL of the DADS out there! Be well! In honor of the Dads we are going to start...
06/21/2020

🎊 🎶 🎧 Dear Friends,
Happy Father's Day to ALL of the DADS out there! Be well!

In honor of the Dads we are going to start our watchlist "MDLO Recommends" with an opera one of whose crucial themes is father/son relationship - Don Carlo

1. Vienna State Opera
Verdi. Don Carlo
Conductor: Myun-Whun Chung
Director: Daniele Abbado

Eboli: Elena Zhidkova
Don Carlo: Rámon Vargas
Rodrigo: Plácido Domingo
ELISABETTA: Krassimira Stoyanova
IL GRANDE INQUISITORE: Alexandru Moisiuc
FILIPPO II: Ferruccio Furlanetto

https://www.staatsoperlive.com/event/0/dc699fd4-3a0d-4eca-8de0-c4cd00c48295/watch

2. We move on to a rarely staged Bernstein's opera
Opera North
Bernstein. Trouble in Tahiti
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Director: Matthew Eberhardt

Sam: Quirijn de Lang
Dinah: Wallis Giunta
Trio: Fflur Wyn, Joseph Shovelton, Nicolas Butterfield
Junior: Charlie Southby

https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/trouble-tahiti-opera-north

3. La Monnaie De Munt. Brussels
Berlioz. Béatrice et Bénédict
Conductor: Jérémie Rohrer
Director: Richard Brunel

Béatrice: Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Bénédict: Sebastien Droy
Héro: Anne-Catherine Gillet
Claudio: Étienne Dupuis
Ursule: Eve-Maud Hubeaux

https://www.lamonnaie.be/en/streaming/1719-beatrice-et-benedict

4. German State Opera Berlin
Gala Concert
With opera stars: Olga Peretyatko, René Pape , Anna Prohaska, Michael Volle, Marina Prudenskaya, Charles Castronovo, Elsa Dreisig

https://youtu.be/JiWMZ9_jq_g

5. La Monnaie De Munt. Brussels
Donizetti. L'Elisir d'Amore
Conductor: Rösner Thomas
Director: Michieletto Damiano

Adina: Peretyatko Olga
Nemorino: Korchak Dmitry
Belcore: Argiris Aris
Il dottor Dulcamara: Orfila Simon
Gianetta: Savastano Maria

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=UfVI4Sal2JU&feature=emb_logo

6. The Metropolitan Opera (until 6.30pm)
Glass. Akhnaten
Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Director: Phelim McDermott

AKHNATEN: Anthony Roth Costanzo
NEFERTITI: J'Nai Bridges
AMENHOTEP I: Zachary James

www.metopera.org

7. More Glass from the Met (from 6.30pm)
The Metropolitan Opera
Glass. Satyagraha
Conductor: Dante Anzolini
Director: Phelim Mcdermott

Cast: Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, and Alfred Walker

www.metopera.org

Enjoy!

#OperaOnYourSofa #MDLOrecommends

06/19/2020
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

On this #Juneteenth we would like to share a post from our friends at Washington Performing Arts and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choir performs "Glory," Common & John Legend's Grammy-winning theme for Ava DuVernay's 2014 film Selma.
Presented as part of #BlackCultureMatters, a content series centering Black voices in the arts and affirming that Black lives matter.

Today on our Digital Stage: The Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choir performs "Glory," Common & John Legend's Grammy-winning theme for Ava DuVernay's 2014 film Selma.

Presented as part of #BlackCultureMatters, a content series centering Black voices in the arts and affirming that Black lives matter.

🎊 🎼 🎉 🎶 Dear Friends, today is the DAY! We are so thrilled to unveil our new websitewww.mdlo.orgThe new site, just like ...
06/18/2020

🎊 🎼 🎉 🎶 Dear Friends, today is the DAY! We are so thrilled to unveil our new website

www.mdlo.org

The new site, just like the new logo, is a key part of our brand-building campaign to showcase a young opera company that produces beautiful, classic, traditional productions, and yet is a forward-thinking organization, inclusive and accessible to all. The new site also demonstrates our commitment to nurturing young talents.
There are lots of cool little features, so please have a look, enjoy, and let us know what you think. Your input is always appreciated!
Yours,
Team MDLO

06/17/2020
A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky, 1957

🌹 🎼 🎊 Today we celebrate the birthday of Igor Stravinsky, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century.He was born on this day, in 1882, in St Petersburg.

Fun fact about Stravinsky. While both of his parents were musicians, his father was the first bass of the Imperial Mariinsky Theater and his mother was an excellent pianist, and while Igor was exposed to music from an early age and took piano lessons since he was nine, his parents did not want him to become a musician and directed him towards law studies. He entered the University of St. Petersburg in 1901.

There, in a twist of fate, he befriended Vladimir Rimsky-Korsakov, the youngest son of the celebrated composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In the summer of 1902, he visited their home in Heidelberg, Germany, where he showed some of his compositions to the senior Rimsky-Korsakov, who was so Impressed by what he heard, that he offered Stravinsky to take private lessons in harmony and counterpoint. These lessons continued till the death of Rimsky-Korsakov in 1908.

Stravinsky’s father died from cancer in late 1902, leaving Igor financially independent. The young composer could now freely pursue his music passion and expand his circle of friends to include such renowned artists as Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Emmanuel Chabrier and Paul Dukas, who influenced the young musician.

Here for you is Igor Stravinsky in Conversation

https://youtu.be/oJIXobO94Jo

A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky from The Wisdom Series, 1957

🎶🎧  As we have recently recommended a couple of Schönberg's pieces for you to watch, including the Gurre Lieder, we thou...
06/15/2020

🎶🎧 As we have recently recommended a couple of Schönberg's pieces for you to watch, including the Gurre Lieder, we thought we should share this fun fact:

In 1932 Leopold Stokowski conducted the American premiere of Arnold Schönberg's "Gurre-Lieder" at the Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia. RCA Victor recorded the concert on a total of 14 double-sided records. The world premiere recording of Schönberg's two-hour oratorio was a great achievement at the time. Repeat editions of this musically extraordinary event are regularly released on CD. In the 1930s, listeners still had to turn the record over or change it every four minutes. With the unprocessed transfer of Schönberg's set by Österreichische Mediathek, this experience is preserved. During the live broadcast on 28 May at 7:30 pm, you will hear excerpts from the "Gurre-Lieder" as well as from Stokowski's introduction to the work.
--> on Facebook and youtube: https://bit.ly/Gurre-RCA

In 1932 Leopold Stokowski conducted the American premiere of Arnold Schönberg's "Gurre-Lieder" at the Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia. RCA Victor recorded the concert on a total of 14 double-sided records. The world premiere recording of Schönberg's two-hour oratorio was a great achievement at the time. Repeat editions of this musically extraordinary event are regularly released on CD. In the 1930s, listeners still had to turn the record over or change it every four minutes. With the unprocessed transfer of Schönberg's set by Österreichische Mediathek, this experience is preserved. During the live broadcast on 28 May at 7:30 pm, you will hear excerpts from the "Gurre-Lieder" as well as from Stokowski's introduction to the work.

--> on Facebook and youtube: https://bit.ly/Gurre-RCA

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