Baltimore Concert Opera - For Opera Lovers!
BCO appeals to opera-lovers of all stages, especially to the opera aficionado!
Many seasoned opera-goers wonder how the concert opera experience could possibly be appealing to them, when they’ve experienced the thrill of fully-staged operas on the grandest of stages! BCO is a company founded by opera singers and opera lovers, and we see our format as a window into the up close and personal side of opera you can’t see on the grand stage. BCO performances are an opportunity to see the singers’ every gesture and facial expression up close, to hear the music and focus on the singing in a way one cannot in the grand opera house over a large orchestra. We combine the intimacy of an art song recital with the repertoire of the the great opera composers.
BCO is here to serve the art form of opera, to support it - not to attempt to replace or overshadow the grand opera experience. We invite opera aficionados to find a new experience in what we offer, and believe you’ll come away invigorated and even more in love with opera than you were when you walked into the doors of our glorious home at the Engineers Club.
Here is what some of our seasoned opera fans have said about their experiences at BCO:
From a New York City transplant to Baltimore who was a Metropolitan Opera subscriber for over twenty years:
Before moving to Baltimore three years ago, I lived in New York City where I had season tickets to the Met for over twenty years. I was so disappointed to find out that Baltimore did not have an opera company, and was not inclined to go all the way to DC for my opera fix.
Aware of my disappointment in this area, my husband gave me a pair of tickets to the Baltimore Concert Opera as a Christmas gift. (They were for me to take a friend, as he would rather snort Drano than go to an opera.) I had no expectations that BCO could match my experiences at the Met, and I was right.
However, what I did get was an entirely new experience, one that was unexpected and wonderful. At BCO, I could focus on the voices and characterizations through body language and facial expressions, both of which were often lost at the Met among the "distraction" of the sets, costumes and orchestra. The more intimate surroundings of the Engineers Club brought me closer to the music and the performers; I felt more connected to the opera than ever before. And James Harp's accompaniment was (and continues to be) a perfect balance to the voices.
I have since subscribed to the BCO, and have yet to be disappointed. Perhaps it helps that I've seen most of the operas performed by BCO in a full-blown production at some point (except for Amleto, and I'm tempted to go to Delaware next spring to see a production there), but I know that seeing performances at BCO has been a highlight of my cultural experiences in Baltimore."
"I've seen Aida countless times and have always believed I knew it well, but tonight, I got it for the first time. The interaction between the characters was suddenly so clear, and the music came alive in a way I've never seen." – a long-time BCO patron and lifetime opera lover after BCO’s ‘Aida,’ October 2015 (70+ years old)
Falstaff was great fun. In addition to the great singing, I enjoy clearly seeing the performers facial expressions. It is wonderful to listen in such a small auditorium. Thank you for all the work you do.
I really enjoy the intimacy of the venue and the sheer beauty of the building. Coming to BCO is an elegant treat.
EVERY performance is magical! You have the best singers and venue from everywhere around this MD/DC/PA/DE area! Keep doing what you are doing, BCO! It's utter gold.
I think that this is a wonderful milieu to showcase rare and underperformed but otherwise excellent operas by famous composers. There is an enormous repertory that comes into this category and I am so grateful that you are looking at this as a part of your season (for example with Edgar).
Love the intimacy of the beautiful space. Without a full orchestra, I really hear the voices and the music.