Lyric Opera House is a music venue in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, located in direct proximity to the University of Baltimore, with which it shares a stop on Baltimore's blue line light rail route.
The building was modeled after the
Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam, and it was inaugurated on 31 October 1894 with a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Australian opera singer Nellie Melba as the featured soloist. Beginning 1904, it was also used for touring performances by the Metropolitan Opera, and from 1950, it was the home of the Baltimore Opera Company until the company's liquidation in 2009.
(Great Hall) of the
after which the Baltimore Lyric Opera House was modeled.
In 2010, the venue was renamed the Patricia &
Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. [2 ]
History [ edit ]
Otto Kahn purchased the building on behalf of the Metropolitan Opera and named it the Lyric Theater, as it is now known. Having been modeled on the Concertgebouw, the Lyric was primarily a concert hall until 1982. [3 ]
In the early 20th century, the Lyric Opera featured opera tenor
Enrico Caruso who appeared there with the Metropolitan Opera in a performance of Flotow's , a boxing match between Martha Joe Gans and Mike Sullivan, and the first public showing of electric cooking in Baltimore, as well as hosting speakers like Aimee Semple McPherson, Will Rogers, Richard Byrd, Clarence Darrow, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and William Jennings Bryan.
Major renovations from 1980-1982 completed its transformation into an opera house. Among the orchestras that performed in the Lyric Opera House are the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (until 1982), and the Philadelphia Orchestra (until 1980), the latter of which had a long history with the venue, including the 1934 debut of Rachmaninoff's , with the composer at the piano. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Currently, the Lyric is the home of
Lyric Opera Baltimore, which is operated as part of the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.
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