Building on earlier amateur efforts, Baltimore Opera was formally established in 1950 as Baltimore Civic Opera Company with the famous American sopranoRosa Ponselle as its first artistic director. Ponselle brought Beverly Sills to Baltimore in 1952 for a production of Manon.
In 1963, the Ford Foundation awarded the company a grant which allowed it to settle on a format of three operas a season and to hire a full time production manager. 1963 also marked the first year of the Baltimore Opera Vocal Competition.
In 1993, Baltimore Opera inaugurated its SummerAria Series, dedicated to works by American composers. The company currently mounts five to six productions a year.
Baltimore is a vital city that is both a popular tourist destination and one of the most affordable cities in the northeast to live.
Baltimore is a big-league sports town and the Baltimore-Washington region boasts two NFL teams, the Ravens and the Redskins; two major league baseball teams, the Orioles and Nationals; several minor league baseball teams; an NHL team, the Capitals; an NBA team, the Wizards; a professional soccer team, the DC United; and professional lacrosse, the Thunder.
Baltimore is situated in a unique region of our country in which several distinct, major cities are located within easy reach of each other, offering a wealth of cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities.
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