Performance plumbs the secret life of opera singers

An operatic mash-up - with adult themes

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Opera that’s PG-13? “Mezzo Laid Bare” at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Photo by: Stephanie McGuire

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire, who has performed in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, promises an intimate, uncensored look at the struggle between an opera singer’s private and public life in a free performance  tomorrow (Thursday) of her solo operatic theater piece, Mezzo Laid Bare.

McGuire has described her show, which premiered late last year, as a mash-up of classical recital and downtown theater that mixes traditional recital repertoire, operatic arias and monologue.

The show promises to weave “sex, opera, doubt, Handel, Strauss, dreams, delusions, seclusions, suicide, Schubert, stereotypes, archetypes, gender, race, God, faith, noise, art, Mahler…and more!” All in 90 minutes.

The singer, who holds a doctoral degree in psychoacoustics from Oxford University, is the Artist in Residence for the Center for Africana Studies in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences of Johns Hopkins University.

The online Oxford Dictionaries defines psychoacoustics as the branch of psychology concerned with the perception of sound and its physiological effects.

Caution: the program warns that “Mezzo Laid Bare” is not suitable for children younger than 13.

At 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Baltimore Museum of Art. RSVP to Katie Cook at 410-516-5581 or

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