BCO: Creating camaraderie in Baltimore City

by Joe Zuccaro, BCO Board Member

Moving to Baltimore five years ago from the Washington, DC area, I had thought I knew what opera was.  I was blessed in that my parents introduced me and my brothers to opera when we were boys.  Little did I realize at the time that I was weaned on Renata Tebaldi LPs - it was just something in the background as we had our traditional Sunday pasta dinner. As a young adult, I was active with the young professionals group, BRAVO!, that supported the Washington Opera (now Washington National Opera) and saw my share of wonderfully staged productions as well as the headliners that sang them. But in Baltimore, I was introduced, through former board member Mimi Hatch, to a more endearing, intimate and just-as-musically potent form called "concert opera."  The opulence of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, the friendliness of the Cookes (Brendan remembered my name the second time I came), and of course, Maestro Harp and the singers sealed the deal.  I knew I had to become more involved. I now better understand and appreciate the behind-the-scenes work it takes a small arts organization to achieve excellence, the wonderful personalities and talent of the singers who have stunned us with their gift on the stage, and the camaraderie it takes to make it all happen.  Most importantly, as I stand and either welcome guests or thank them for coming on their way out, I feel great satisfaction knowing we are touching so many people in this great city.

- Joe Zuccaro, BCO Board Member

  A lifelong opera lover, Joseph Zuccaro has over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, and Business Development, including angel-funded, pre-IPO and post-IPO technology companies. He is the Founder and President of Allinio LLC, a CRM and Marketing Automation professional services firm helping organizations plan and implement web-based technologies to better gather, store, analyze, share, and act upon data that maximizes marketing ROI and drives higher revenue. Joe attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He earned a Bachelors degree in Logistics, Transportation, & Supply Chain Management and an MBA in Marketing from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park.