News: Maryland Opera Presents Founders Concert Series


Board Chair and event winner Judy Waranch poses with Maryland Opera Artistic Director James Harp during the Passion at the Pendry program, which took place in February 2020. Photo courtesy of Maryland Opera .

Maryland Opera Artistic Director James Harp directs programs honoring the legacy of three generous and dedicated women.

Baltimore, MD (February 17, 2022)Maryland Opera will honor three magnificent women who helped keep opera alive in Baltimore with three “Founders Concerts” on March 13, April 24 and May 15, 2022, all at 3:00 p.m.

These 90-minute concerts will be presented in large, beautiful venues throughout the greater Baltimore area and will feature internationally acclaimed artists joined by guest instrumentalists performing favorites from the lyrical canon. Each concert will be followed by a small outdoor reception, weather permitting. Participants will need to present proof of vaccination with their tickets to enter. Masks will also be required.

The concert of March 13 in the spotlight Loretta Lee Ver Valen and will be presented at Grace United Methodist Church in North Baltimore. Loretta was the founder of the Baltimore Opera Guild, patron and president of the Baltimore Opera Vocal Competition, and left a significant endowment to the opera effort in Baltimore that continues to support our programming. The program will feature the soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, tenor Kirk Doughertyand baritone, Luis Ledesma.

The concert of April 24 in the spotlight Hilda Perl Goodwin and will be presented at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville. Hilda was a longtime piano teacher at Peabody Preparatory and influenced several generations of Baltimore musicians. As Maryland Opera was getting started, she left behind a generous gift that served as seed capital for the new artistic organization. The program will feature the soprano Helen Browntenor André Bidlackand mezzo-soprano Christine Williams.

The concert of May 15 in the spotlight Judith Waranch and will be presented at Beth El Congregation in Pikesville. Judy, President of Maryland Opera, is a Baltimore lawyer and opera lover whose tireless efforts over the past 4 years, especially during these challenging times, have enabled Maryland Opera to pursue our vision of opera in our community. The program will feature the soprano Elizabeth Caballerotenor, John Pickleand baritone Timothy Mix.

“I am personally grateful to be able to present these concerts as a way to show my gratitude to these women who have demonstrated extraordinary faith in the cause of opera in our community. The three women were or are an important part of my life, and I hold them in my heart as great friends. Through their hard work, generosity and sacrifice, they have paved the way, by a great example, for us and the public of tomorrow to enjoy the noble and immortal art form of music. ‘opera. These concerts, featuring notable artists and iconic operatic repertoire, will be a celebration of Maryland Opera’s past, present and future!

Tickets are $25 and are available at Maryland Opera website, or by calling 484-678-6041, and at the door on the day of the performance. Each site has ample free parking. For more information, click here.


The program will be accompanied on the piano by the artistic director of the Maryland Opera, James Harp, and a small ensemble of guest instrumentalists. The repertoire will be listed on the Maryland Opera website and announced at the event with a description by James Harp.

Founders Concert Honoring Loretta Lee Ver Valen
Sunday March 13, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Grace United Methodist Church
5407 Charles Street North
Baltimore, MD 21210

Amy Shoremount-Obra, soprano
Kirk Dougherty, tenor
Luis Ledesma, baritone

Founders Concert in Honor of Hilda Perl Goodwin
Sunday April 24, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
7401 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

Helena Brown, soprano
Andrew Bidlack, tenor
Chrystal Williams, mezzo-soprano

Founders Concert in Honor of Judith Waranch
Sunday May 15, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Congregation of Beth El
8101 Park Heights Avenue
Pikesville, MD 21208

Elisabeth Caballero, soprano
John Pickle, tenor
Timothy Mix, baritone

About Maryland Opera

Maryland Opera provides quality opera performances, innovative art, support for social awareness and change, education and outreach programs, commitment to underserved communities, and a vehicle for talented young singers to pursue their dreams. Maryland Opera builds on Baltimore’s century-old operatic tradition that has been critically acclaimed for its grand productions featuring opera’s biggest celebrities.

Maryland Opera is passionately invested in bringing the excitement and beauty of live opera – traditional programming as well as innovative and modern approaches – to diverse audiences, including historically underserved audiences throughout Maryland. . They do this through numerous outreach programs, including Opera-to-Go, Opera Cares, and Opera Camp.

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