Opera New Work Reading: Hajar at Clarice Smith, Feb 15

Opera New Work Reading: Hajar at Clarice Smith, Feb 15

Opera New Work Reading

Friday, February 15, 2019 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

The New Work Reading is the premiere performance of the winning piece of the Third Annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The UMD School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes.

Elisabeth Mehl Greene’s new opera Hajar synthesizes the Jewish and Islamic stories of Hagar/Hajar into a modern tale of a Syrian refugee mother and her son trying to reach safety in America. Hajar confronts the immigration crisis in the United States and worldwide, challenging the acceptance of policies that resist compassion.

Maryland Opera Studio students premiere an opera by the winner of the annual Opera Composition Contest. In its third year, the contest is a joint initiative of the Maryland Opera Studio and Artist Partner Program to support the cultivation and performance of new work.

This event is part of the Year of Immigration, which aims to transform dialogue into impact on urgent issues related to immigration, global migration and refugees, and to foster open conversation and greater connection with the University of Maryland’s large and diverse international community. For more information visit yearofimmigration.umd.edu.

Free, no tickets required.

Opera Lafayette presents Radamisto at the Bowie CPA, Feb 3

Opera Lafayette presents Radamisto at the Bowie CPA, Feb 3

Opera Lafayette presents
by George Frederic Handel

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 1:00pm

Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Opera Lafayette’s winter program is the first version of this Handel favorite, a drama about the taming of a powerful and ambitious king. This fully-staged production will be directed by choreographer Séan Curran and conducted by Ryan Brown.

Séan Curran, Director/Choreographer. Chair of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance. Founder of the Séan Curran Dance Company, which will be featured in the production. Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a NY premiere at BAM

Ryan Brown, Conductor. Opera Lafayette Founder and Artistic Director. Violinist and conductor. Graduate of The Juilliard School. His discography inlcudes twelve sound recordings for Naxos. Recipient of La Médaille d’Or du Rayonnement Culturel from La Renaissance Française.

Tickets: $10 on-line here, or at the door: $15, $10 under 17 or over 65.

Lucia di Lammermoor at Clarice Smith, Jan 24-26

Lucia di Lammermoor at Clarice Smith, Jan 24-26

Maryland Lyric Opera presents
Lucia di Lammermoor
by Gaetano Donizetti

Thu, Jan 24, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 . 2:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre.

Maryland Lyric Opera presents Donizetti’s most compelling romantic drama, Lucia di Lammermoor. Nick Olcott directs the seductively beautiful, tragic tale of love fraught with power and deception. The MDLO Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Louis Salemno.

Tickets: $25 to $60, or $10 for students. Click here.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Clarice Smith, Nov 16-19

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Clarice Smith, Nov 16-19

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
W.A. Mozart, composer
Lorenzo Da Ponte, librettist

November 16 – 19, 2018

Fri, Nov 16, 2018 . 7:30PM
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 . 3:00PM
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

Regarded by many as the greatest opera of all time, this tale of deception is a romantic comedy accompanied by some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written. Mozart takes audiences on a hilarious adventure as Figaro and Susanna overcome plotting and jealousy to make it to their wedding day. A winning combination of music and mischief.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Tickets: General public $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

National Opera Week at Harmony Hall, Oct 17

National Opera Week at Harmony Hall, Oct 17

Afternoon Tea:
National Opera Week Celebration

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 2:00pm

Location: Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington

In celebration of National Opera Week, musicians from the Washington National Opera perform a variety of opera vignettes from Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Gershwin, and more in partnership with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. Enjoy an afternoon of staged selections with narration describing the scenes of love, vengeance, betrayal, passion, deception, monarchy, and lust. Pianist Dr. Lester Green accompanies.

Tickets: $18.