A little over a year ago, Steven White was kind enough to drop in on our inaugural performance of Don Giovanni. A favorite of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, Chorus and audience, Steven shared a most eloquent speech about the future of opera in Baltimore. As we get ready to welcome him back to conduct our Flight of Verdi next week, I thought it’d be interesting to revisit Steven’s words.
We’re not yet at the point where we are able to involve our orchestral colleagues, but we have been able to utilize the talents of our fabulous opera chorus, which Maestro speaks so fondly of, for two productions. We’re grateful for Maestro White’s energy, excitement and interest in this community…and hope that we can live up to his expectations in the near future! Take a listen below:
It’s been quite a year for Steven, and we’re blessed to have him involved in the operatic Renaissance here in Baltimore. Fresh from his Metropolitan Opera debut, as well as dozens of other exciting performances, we look forward to his friendship and guidance as we work toward the future! We’re also thrilled that Steven’s lovely wife, Elizabeth Futral, will be just down the beltway, starring in WNO’s production of Hamlet!
This is indeed an exciting time for opera in Baltimore, please get involved. A major city such as Baltimore with such a high concentration of local talent, a large number of “high profile” figures in the opera world who want to work here, and presumably and interested public…should be able to support grand opera, yes?
So, what do you see as the future of opera in Baltimore?
What are you doing to help?