In lieu of the originally planned performances of all of Franco Faccio’s Amleto, an extremely obscure nineteenth-century operatic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, Baltimore Concert Opera will be presenting a concert on March 25 and 27 entitled To Be or Not to Be. The concert will feature a large portion of Amleto, in addition to operatic favorites, possible repertoire for seasons to come, and music from operas the small company may never perform due to logistical concerns. The event will also feature a silent auction and pre-concert lecture.
Singing in To Be or Not to Be will be, among others, sopranos Suzanne Balaes-Blair and Emily Ezzie, mezzo-soprano Kellie Van Horn, tenor Steven Sanders, and baritones Tim Mix and Christian Van Horn. The performances will be conducted by Ronald Gretz of Annapolis Opera and accompanied by James Harp, a BCO regular formerly of the Baltimore Opera Company and currently also of Lyric Opera Baltimore. As always, the show also promises an excellently prepared professional chorus (also under Maestro Harp’s direction).
Both performances, Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m., will take place in the Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. In addition to hors doeuvres and a cash bar before the Friday evening performance, there are additional dining options available through the Engineers Club. Details are available at baltimoreconcertopera.com. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and are also available through the company’s website. The company can also be followed on Twitter at @concertopera.