Announcing our exciting 2016-2017 season!

We are proud to announce our eighth season in residence at the historic Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, home of the Engineers Club. Join us in our casual, relaxed environment for moving performances of operas in concert form, stripped down to the basics: world-class singers with piano accompaniment.

Before the performance, come early for a meal in the Engineers Club dining room (by reservation only, please). Then move upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for an expert lecture on the great operatic work to follow (included in your ticket price)


Individual tickets start at $27.50 and Samplers begin at $161.78 (10% discount!)

Click below for Tickets and Dining Reservations:



September 30 and October 2, 2016

Librettist Gaetano Rossi stated that, with the composition of Tancredi, “Rossini rose to glory,” although Rossini was not yet 21 at the time of its premiere. A tale of mistaken identities and misconstrued letters set against the Turkish war with Syracuse in the 11th century, Tancredi tells the story of Amenaide, the daughter of the leader of the senate in Syracuse, and her love for the exiled knight Tancredi. When her letter to the knight is intercepted and misunderstood, the innocent maiden is sentenced to death for treachery, and only Tancredi can save her. BCO is pleased to present Tancredi in a co-production with Opera Southwest.


November 18 & 20, 2016

Hubris and tragedy befall the hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and his beautiful daughter Gilda. When Gilda falls for Rigoletto’s master, the licentious Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto’s anger leads him to dark and dangerous avenues. One of Verdi’s masterworks, Rigoletto teaches that one can never escape a curse, and one’s evil deeds will always catch up.


February 24 & 26, 2017

BCO’s first foray into American opera is Carlisle Floyd’s beautiful adaptation of the Apocryphal tale “Susannah and the Elders.” Set in the 1950s in the backwoods of Tennessee, the opera centers on 18-year-old Susannah, who faces hostility from women in her church community for her beauty and the attention it attracts from their husbands. Susannah also catches the attention of newly arrived Reverend Olin Blitch, whose own inner darkness leads to tragedy for Susannah.


April 7 & 9, 2017

BCO’s celebration of the 225th anniversary of Rossini’s birth concludes with what Rossini scholar Richard Osborne called ‘Tancredi Revisited.’ Based on Voltaire’s tragedy Semiramis, Rossini’s Semiramide is a tour de force of bel canto-era opera seria, employing vocal virtuosity to communicate gripping drama. Secret identities, power struggles and murderous intentions come together for fitting closer to BCO’s season of operatic tragedies.

Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera

Event #1: Arias, Amber and IPAs (featuring local brews) – Sept. 15th, 2016
Event #2: Vino & Verdi (featuring Rigoletto highlights) – November 10th, 2016
Event #3: Love Potions (with cocktails!) – February 9th, 2017

Baltimore Concert Opera continues their popular new performance series this season, Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera. Top-flight professional opera singers will perform operatic highlights paired with energetic and informative commentary and fun facts about themselves, and each performance will feature beer, wine or spirit tastings interspersed throughout the evening specially planned to complement the music.

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