August 10, 2011
Baltimore will never get Haussner's or Hutzler's back, but another beloved, defunct institution is about to get a kind of resurrection in what promises to be a major event of the fall culture season. The Lyric Opera of Baltimore has emerged from the ashes of the Baltimore Opera Company, which shut down in 2009 after nearly 60 years. The new company, promising a fiscal discipline that eluded the old one, opens its first season with Verdi's tuneful tragedy "La Traviata" in the freshly renovated Lyric Opera House. Thanks to those renovations, there will be room onstage for more grandly scaled sets than previously possible. The lavish "Traviata" production stars dynamic soprano Elizabeth Futral in the role of the doomed courtesan Violetta. -- Tim Smith
Performances of "La Traviata" are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-685-5086 or go to lyricoperahouse.com.