Opera is back in Baltimore. Years after the Baltimore Opera Company closed down, music is returning to a newly-renovated stage at the Modell Performing Arts Center.
In Joshua Bornfield’s newest opera, Strong Like Bull, two warring parties compete for political power, and are confounded—through hijinks and trickery—by a third. It’s a classic plot, but Bornfield’s wit and keen sense of the absurd put this time-tested structure to work for a more bristling, ornamental humor–one that isn’t afraid to skewer the inanities of modern political life while poking fun at opera itself.
The Baltimore Opera House may have closed its doors in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped Baltimore’s composers and performers from creating and performing noteworthy new productions.
Dozens of high schoolers are dancing and singing their way through the summer as these future opera stars perfect their craft.