Serenading moms

May 11, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Breakfast in bed, flowers and an afternoon listening to opera arias and Broadway tunes without having to travel more than 200 miles to New York City.

The Maryland Theatre is helping people provide a special treat for mom this year with A Tribute for Mother's Day at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Four award-winning opera singers from New York City - Robert Zimmerman, Ross Benoliel, Amy Lynn Grable and Claudia Huckle - will be joined by pianist-accompanist Jennifer Peterson for the performance.

Brian Sullivan, the theater's executive director, said he got the idea for the show from similar opera shows serenading mothers in big cities.


"It seemed like a really nice idea. I had never really heard of anything quite like it, where you get people to the theater for the express purpose of thanking mom, which is kind of important," Zimmerman said.

With his mom in Buffalo, N.Y., Zimmerman usually sends her flowers and a card and gives her a call on Mother's Day. Sometimes he's made recordings for her.

Zimmerman has been touring New England this past week with a production of "Susannah." Other performances have included roles in "The Merry Widow," "Don Giovanni," "Turn of the Screw," "The Mikado" and "Die Fledermaus."

At this show the tenor will sing a duet, "Lily's Eyes" from "The Secret Garden," with baritone Benoliel, and the aria "Che gelida manina" from the love story "La Bohme."

The aria takes place in the first act, when Rodolfo, a poet, first meets Mimi, a seamstress living upstairs, and explains who he is, Zimmerman said.

If you go ...

WHAT: A Tribute for Mother's Day

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., HagerstownCOST: $15. Tickets can be purchased at The Maryland Theatre box office or by calling 301-790-2000. The box office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday.

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