May 12, 2019

The Monster in the Maze


On May 12, 2019, Baltimore Choral Arts gave the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze. This was one of the largest undertakings in recent BCAS history. The composition’s website describes the work:

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence have co-commissioned composer Jonathan Dove to write an opera scored for professional musicians with amateur singers (children and adults) and young pre-professional instrumentalists drawn from our local communities.

The idea for the co-commission was led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey and the project is designed to celebrate the arts organisation’s relationship with its community…

For the opera, composer Jonathan Dove and his regular librettist Alasdair Middleton sought a universal topic… They decided on the ancient Greek story which tells of the rescue from the Labyrinth, by Theseus, of young Athenians sent to Crete as a sacrifice to the Minotaur.

Collaborators and partners with Music Director Anthony Blake Clark and the Baltimore Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus included:

  • Paul Peers, stage director
  • Leo Wanenchak, associate conductor
  • The Larks of the Junior League of Baltimore, Leo Wanenchak, music director
  • The Maryland State Boychoir, Stephen Holmes, artistic director
  • Overlea High School Chorus, Kellie Zephir, director
  • Johns Hopkins Peabody Youth Orchestra, Ankush Kumar Bhal, music director
  • Soloists Linda Maguire, mezzo-soprano; Brian Giebler, tenor; and Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone
  • Dave Gamble, actor
  • Chuck Nesci, prop designer and Minotaur
  • Heather Jackson, costume designer
  • Nicole Chaney, stage manager and Zoë Gilmore, assistant stage manager
  • Todd & Lisa Mion, lighting designer
  • The Choral Arts Orchestra, Mark Dulac, contractor

This concert was generously sponsored by Charlie Berardesco & Jeffrey Thurston, and by the Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation.


Click the videos below to watch highlights from The Monster and the Maze performance


Brian Giebler as Theseus.

Linda Maguire as Theseus' Mother.

Christmas With Choral Arts

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