Maryland Opera’s fifth season comes to its exciting climax with “Bravissimo Bel Canto” featuring fully staged and costumed scenes from operatic gems of the Bel Canto era on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer on Charles Street in North Baltimore.  Tickets are $50.

The program features selections from Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, and I Puritani including Lucia’s harrowing Mad Scene and the unforgettable Norma Finale.  All selections will be staged in the acoustically and visually exquisite sanctuary at Church of the Redeemer.

Joining us is an internationally acclaimed cast including sopranos Christine Lyons and Rochelle Bard, mezzo-soprano Madison Marie McIntosh, tenor Yi Li, baritone Trevor Scheunemann, and bass Ben Wager.

Stage and musical direction for all selections is by Maryland Opera’s Artistic Director James Harp, long known for excellence in operatic performances and musical outreach in the Mid-Atlantic area.

“Our commitment to providing high-quality opera in our community continues with this magnificent presentation celebrating the glory of Bel Canto, where the human voice is shown in all its technical and expressive beauty,” said Harp.  “Our renowned singers will bring this immortal music to life with trills, roulades, cadenzas and all the pyrotechnical elements that make this music so unforgettable.  The beautiful performance space will be transformed into a Scottish castle and a Druid forest as we savor these timeless stories that illuminate the full spectrum of life and passion.  Please join us as we celebrate great music and look forward to a future of even more elaborate grand opera productions!”

Tickets are $50 and are available on Maryland Opera’s website,, or by calling 484-678-6041, and at the door on the day of the performance.  Seating is limited, though, so advance orders are recommended.  Free parking is available in the Church of the Redeemer parking lot adjacent to the building and across Melrose Avenue.


The program will be accompanied by Maryland Opera Artistic Director James Harp and a chamber orchestra. 


Bravissimo Bel Canto 

Friday, April 15, 2023 7:30pm

Church of the Redeemer

5603 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21210



I Puritani 

Suoni la tromba

Lucia di Lammermoor 

Love Scene

Marriage Scene

Wolfscrag Intermezzo

Mad Scene



Finale of Act 1

Prelude to Act 2

Finale of Act 2

James Harp, Artistic Director

Maryland Opera Chorus & Orchestra

Christine Lyons, soprano

Rochelle Bard, soprano

Madison Marie McInstosh, mezzo-soprano

Yi Li, tenor

Trevor Scheunemann, baritone

Ben Wager, bass

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