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Baltimore Opera Company closes, two open

Posted 9/16/2009

This past March, the 58-year-old Baltimore Opera Company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation and closed down for good. It was the highest profile Baltimore arts loss during this crushing 2009 fiscal year. But a number of local artists decided not to go out like that. In the wake of the BOC's demise came the rise of two new opera companies creating productions on more meager scales, but with just as much musical virtuosity. The Baltimore Concert Opera holds its first full season this year with three intimate productions and select scenes from Verdi at the Engineers Club in Mount Vernon, and the Baltimore Opera Theatre debuts this year at the Hippodrome. Add the schedules of the venerable and visionary Opera Vivente, the Peabody Opera Theatre, and the American Opera Theater to these two newcomers and opera remains alive and well in Charm City.

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