MDLO Closing Announcement
I am writing to let you know that I have made the difficult decision to end the operations of Maryland Lyric Opera, effective immediately. I will always be enormously proud of all that we have achieved together in bringing more opera to the region. Since I founded MDLO in 2014, we have presented many memorable performances of opera — from the three fully staged productions at The Clarice in College Park to the four operas in our thrilling 2022-23 Season of Verdi at Strathmore — in addition to many concerts in venues all across the region. Plus, we have introduced thousands of local students to our beloved art form through our programs in local schools, and nurtured the careers of emerging artists with the MDLO Institute. I am especially proud of the fine work of our Orchestra and Chorus throughout our seasons together, and that we were able to attract so many star soloists and gifted designers to our stages. I am grateful to the work of our dedicated staff and generous donor family who have helped to make all of our pursuits possible. In addition, I am thankful for the audiences who came to our events and supported our mission. It has been a tremendous joy to share my passion for opera with so many other music lovers. Thank you for going on this journey with me, and I look forward to seeing you in the future.
Brad Clark, Founder and Artistic Director, Maryland Lyric Opera
“Auguin’s masterful conducting ignites a spectacular “Otello” from Maryland Lyric Opera.” “[MDLO] has risen out of the coronavirus ashes like a mythological phoenix.”
– Classical Review
“Mark Delavan strutted admirably as the pompous knight… His bass-baritone thundered mightily in the tavern scenes, he presided over the action with impeccable comic timing [and] his interpretation was both hilarious and ultimately sympathetic.”
– Classical Review
Un Ballo in Maschera
“…the [MDLO] Orchestra, under conductor Andrea Licata, takes center stage, putting both the music and vocal artistry into sharper focus…make your way to beautiful Strathmore, and take your place at the ball!”
– MD Theatre Guide
— The Washington Post
Maryland Lyric Opera presented a powerful concert performance of Puccini’s seldom-heard ‘La Fanciulla del West’…The 80-piece orchestra, trusted with most of the opera’s heavy lifting, played its collective heart out under MDLO Music Director Louis Salemno, who conducted with authority and conviction.
La Fanciulla del West, The Music Center at Strathmore September 2018