Valentine’s Romance for Star-Crossed Lovers

To all of the star-crossed lovers out there, Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet is your soundtrack. And the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform it on the most romantic of weekends – Valentine’s Weekend, February 13th and 16th, and in an “Off the Cuff” series presentation on February 14th and 15th. Prokofiev’s famous work uses melodies to tell the tragic tale of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters. The sprightly dance of the violins outlines the joyful, eager-for-romance portrait of young Juliet; the lyrical, pensive lines of the balcony scene give way to the strong, bold chords of the death of Tybalt. […]

Glories of French Opera in a Setting to Die For

Love, lust, passion, drama! This Valentine’s Day weekend, experience the compelling emotional pathos, the soul-stirring music, and high-end, luxurious scene of Maryland Opera’s “Passion at the Pendry: French Fantasies,” performed on Friday, February 14th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3 pm in the Sagamore, Pendry Baltimore hotel’s gorgeous and historic ballroom. The program celebrates the romance of French grand opera and includes fully-staged and costumed scenes from Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Massenet’s Manon, and many more. These compelling scenes are sung in their original French with projected surtitles. “Passion at the […]

Sitting Down with Broadway’s ‘Phantom’

Laura Farmer: First and foremost, you’re the current “Phantom” from Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. What do you enjoy about the role and show? What are its challenges? Ben Crawford: Playing Phantom is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! It requires so much energy to portray him well. But it’s such an iconic character. It has definitely become a labor of love to really bring the best I can to this role. The thing I appreciate about the show is that it brings so many themes to the audience to sort through, yet it doesn’t fully fill […]