The Lyric Opera House is Baltimore’s oldest continuously operating theater, and since it’s opening in 1894 it has delighted many fans of opera, theater and music. Now, thanks to a generous donation of $3.5 million from former Baltimore Ravens owner Arthur Modell and his wife Patricia, the theater will be undergoing extensive renovations and improvements. The board will be renaming the facility ‘The Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric’ to honor the couple’s support.
The renovations include expanding the size of the theater and replacing the antiquated hemp-and-sandbag system for raising and lowering scenery. The improvements will allow a greater variety of touring shows to perform that the building would not have been able to accommodate before.
“The Lyric has always offered a widespread diversity of opera, Broadway, gospel, comedians and more,” says Jim Harp, director of opera and educational activities, “We will continue to have that diversity, but at a higher production level.”