Baltimore, MD – Baritone Brian James Myer returns to Opera Baltimore for our Salon Series and will be joined by pianist Aurelien Eulert. Though visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community has evolved over time, the creative contributions of queer artists has been ever-present in classical music. In this artist-curated recital, we will explore the history and stories of queer composers and poets, past and present, who have loved without convention. This recital includes two world premiere song cycles by composers Iain Bell and Brian James Myer with texts by Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Jay St. Flono.
Opera Baltimore audiences will remember Brian James Myer from his brilliant performances as Figaro in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” last season. He has been praised as an artist of “both voice and character to make him stand out in the crowd” (Sarasota Observer). He has a vast performance history and has graced the stages of New York City Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera San Jose, Opera Las Vegas, and Opera Orlando among others.
Aurelien Eulert, a native of Alsace, France, made his US house debut in 2014 with Palm Beach Opera
as diction coach for their production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann and head coach for the Young Artist
Program. Since then, he has been on the music staff of Charlottesville Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera
Roanoke, Palm Beach Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, USC Thornton Opera, UCLA Alpert
School of Music, Pacific Opera Project, Opera Delaware, and the Los Angeles Opera Education
The recital will take place on December 10, 2023 at 3 pm, in the elegant Drawing Room of the Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets ($39 for General Admission, $15 for Students) and more information are available at OperaBaltimore.org. Come experience a cozy afternoon of soul nourishing music by the warmth of the grand fireplace in the Drawing Room!
About Opera Baltimore
Opera Baltimore was originally founded in 2009 as Baltimore Concert Opera. Our commitment to strong organizational structure and artistic excellence set the stage for both continued success and smart growth. Opera Baltimore is an Artist-in-Residence at the stunning Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore’s arts district of Mount Vernon. We strive to invigorate both our audiences and artists through a balance of classic and innovative programming. Every decision Opera Baltimore leadership makes, whether artistic, financial or operational, is rooted in our values: Inclusivity, Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, and Responsibility; each of which is directly rooted in our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For more information about Opera Baltimore or to make a tax-deductible donation please visit OperaBaltimore.org. OB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are deeply grateful for support from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, BGE – an Exelon Company, the Maryland State Arts Council, The Citizens of Baltimore County, the Middendorf Foundation, OPERA America, the Baltimore National Heritage Area, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John J. Leidy Foundation, the T. Rowe Price Foundation and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.