In its short history Maryland Lyric Opera has produced major operatic works by the likes of Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, and Menotti, as well as aria concerts and chamber works. A company committed to education, MDLO’s aim is to bring together seasoned professionals as well as encouraging very promising young talent. To this end, the MDLO Emerging Artist and High School Mentorship Programs were created to ensure that the next generations of singers are exposed to and have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals who have spent years studying and improving their craft on the world’s stages. Dedicated to the creation of new works with the guidance of the great masters of the past MDLO is committed to bringing new American Opera to its public. We believe the true art of opera lies in the individuality of each and every singer and their ability to touch us through the power of their voice supported by excellent instrumentalists and choristers to produce an affecting experience for the audience. MDLO collaborates with excellent instrumentalists who bring the same passion a singer has for the emotion and the drama but through their instrument rather than text. Each act of an opera or movement in a choral symphony involves the coming together of excellent musical forces. For that reason, MDLO collaborates with all manner of expressive artists joining to create beautiful and expressive masterworks.
The mission of Maryland Lyric Opera is to revive the vocal artistry of the past, from the age when the individuality and the liberty of expression of the singer were of primary importance. Through operatic productions utilizing both established professional singers and emerging talent, MDLO seeks to:
- Revitalize the importance of vocal artistry (vocal beauty, idiosyncratic use of time, interpretation, emotion, immediacy of expression, etc.) in opera
- Prioritize support for the singers' vocal artistry
- Foster new audiences for opera, both through the artistry presented and through a commitment to affordable ticket pricing
- Educate established artists, emerging singers, and audiences alike
- Develop and promote the careers of singers in the MDLO Emerging Artist Program
- Create educational and performance opportunities to middle and high school students
In this technological, visually based age when music is processed more by machine than by the human, we look to a new generation of singers to heed the call of maintaining and celebrating the natural, unimpeded sound of a human voice. This is where we believe the true art of opera lies – in the individuality of each and every singer and their ability to touch us through the power of their voice alone. The highest level of musical expression is an individual voice because it is the most complex. The voice can move you to tears, make you excited, make you anticipate, and keep you in suspense. It can touch you and stimulate you more than any other instrument or even a full orchestra. A single voice can be heard over 100 instruments in a large space without the use of artificial amplification because of this complexity, thus being more impactful and having a greater influence on an audience.