Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, Apr 27 & 28

Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, Apr 27 & 28

Opera Scene Study
April 27 & 28, 2017 . 7:30PM

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 . 7:30PM
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Guildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

After a year of deconstructing their craft and sculpting it from the ground up, Maryland Opera Studio first-year students are paired in operatic scenes from a wide variety of repertory. Accompanied only by piano and minimal props, these performances give our young artists a chance to shine in the purest of forms.

Free, no tickets required.

Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 20, 12:30pm

Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 20, 12:30pm

Opera al Fresco
(abridged scenes)
Thursday, April 20, 2017 . 12:30PM

Thu, Apr 20, 2017 . 12:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Guildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

Opera abridged scenes in the Grand Pavilion of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Free, no tickets required.

The Orpheus Adventure at Clarice Smith, Apr 7-15

The Orpheus Adventure at Clarice Smith, Apr 7-15

Maryland Opera Studio
The Orpheus Adventure
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and
Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers
April 7-15, 2017

Fri, Apr 7, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 . 3:00PM
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

The Maryland Opera Studio pairs two radically different tellings of the Orpheus myth ­— Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers ­— in their fully produced Spring opera. In Gluck’s version, Orpheus, the greatest musician the world has ever known, receives permission from the gods to venture into Hades and bring his beloved Eurydice back from death, but with a cruel stipulation that leads to tragedy.

Offenbach turns the tragic tale on its head; the mythic lovers are a wrangling pair of dissatisfied newlyweds. Orpheus’ music gets on Eurydice’s nerves, and she’s willing to die and go to Hell when a handsome shepherd (really Pluto in disguise) offers her the trip. Only Public Opinion forces Orpheus to seek permission from the gods to follow her.

A full orchestra and large cast of singers and dancers bring this double spectacle to life with beautiful lighting, costumes and sets, an annual collaboration between the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Tickets: General Public $25, Student/Youth $10, NextLEVEL $20. Buy tickets here.

The Young King at Clarice Smith, Feb 10

Opera New Work Reading: The Young King at Clarice Smith, Feb 10

Opera New Work Reading by the Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 10, 2017. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Guildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

The Young King
By Martin Hennessy
Libretto by Tom Rowan

An innocent boy, son to a family of goat herders, is found to be heir to the kingdom. Riches and luxury are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others?

This world premiere musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Young King,” by Martin Hennessy with libretto by Tom Rowan, addresses human rights and social justice issues directly relevant to contemporary wealth and income inequality struggles. Performed by Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) artists.

Hennessy is the winner of the inaugural Opera Composition Contest, a joint effort between MOS and the Artist Partner Program to support the cultivation and performance of new work.

As part of an ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work, the Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) and the Artist Partner Program partnered for the first annual Opera Composition Contest for a new work reading to be performed by the singers of the MOS. This world premiere performance will feature the winning composition.

Free, no tickets required.

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The Rape of Lucretia at Clarice Smith, Nov 18-22

The Rape of Lucretia at Clarice Smith, Nov 18-22

Maryland Opera Studio
The Rape of Lucretia
Conductor Craig Kier
Director Amanda Consol
November 18-22, 2016

Fri, Nov 18, 2016 . 7:30PM
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 . 3:00PM
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 . 7:30PM
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

The ancient Roman tale of the violation of the virtuous Lucretia by the vicious Tarquinius receives a haunting treatment as two modern observers, one male and one female, attempt to interpret the events even as they unfold. The pair seeks to find spiritual meaning and redemption in a hellish act of violence.

Britten composed The Rape of Lucretia in 1946, in a world still reeling from the horrors of World War II. The opera continues to resonate today as we face a rising surge of violence throughout the world.

A chamber opera, written for a small orchestra and cast, The Rape of Lucretia is perfectly suited for the Maryland Opera Studio’s fall production, which uses minimal scenic and costume elements to focus the storytelling on the singers’ voices and acting.

Tickets: General Public $25, Student/Youth $10, NextLEVEL $20. Buy tickets here.