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Nov. 16 2011

The curtain has fallen…

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

I can’t believe Lyric Opera Baltimore’s “La Traviata” has been over for 10 days, but alas, it has. We had very good houses & appreciative audiences despite some rather nasty technical glitches that delayed our opening night performance by about half an hour. Reviews were largely positive & at this point, all seems to bode well for the rest of LOB’s 2011-12 season. Since the choruses for this season are smaller than the ones the old Baltimore Opera Company used, many of us, myself included, only got one contract this season. Unless a few folks back out of “The Marriage of Figaro” or “Faust”, we’ll have to wait until 2012-13 to sing at the Lyric again.

That doesn’t mean I won’t be performing, however. My friend Maurice Lease, the new owner of Dreamland (a wonderful vintage clothing shop in Hampden & the source of more than a few of my dresses over the years) has asked me to sing on his store’s float in the Mayor’s Christmas Parade on December 4th. My husband, Jim Knost, will accompany me in various holiday pop songs – “Silver Bells”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Mele Kalikimaka”, etc. Maurice has promised me that the float will include elves, fairies, & glitter along with the music – this is going to be a blast! Following that, we’ll be heading up to our friend Doug Byerly’s church, St. John the Evangelist, to sing in their Lessons & Carols service. Doug & I are also working on a Valentine’s Day cabaret show – please follow my blog for more details!

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