Opera New Work Reading: Sunder at Clarice Smith, Aug 27, In-person

Opera New Work Reading: Sunder at Clarice Smith, Aug 27, In-person

Opera New Work Reading: Sunder
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, August 27, 2021 . 7:30PM

Fri, Aug 27, 2021 . 07:30PM to 09:00PM

Nailah Nombeko, composer
Alicia Haymer, librettist
Amanda Consol, stage director
Jonathan King, music director

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person, general admission

Co-produced with Annapolis Opera, the University of Maryland School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio presents the rescheduled performance of last season’s New Work Reading: Sunder.

Heartfelt chants ring out in a southern small town that’s had enough of the police criminalizing the poor. White protestors have occupied space downtown in the People’s Plaza, fighting for the freedom of homeless Black people who have been arrested for petty crimes, and given astronomical bail. Turmoil threatens to come between two close friends at the helm of the movement, as the protestors decide if they should remain peaceful, or amp up their efforts with force. In the midst is a Black police officer, who struggles to find his authenticity in a hotbed of justice, race and morality. What will become of a movement, once mighty, that loses its way because of a need for power?

Watch this behind-the-scenes preview film that was produced during the Spring 2021 semester.

Tickets: free, registration recommended. Click here.

Owen Wingrave at Clarice Smith, Jun 6-8, Online and In-person

Owen Wingrave at Clarice Smith, Jun 6-8, Online and In-person

NOI Philharmonic & Maryland Opera Studio: Owen Wingrave – VIRTUAL
Sunday, June 6 & Tuesday, June 8, 2021 . 7PM EDT

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM
Tue, Jun 8, 2021 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM

Craig Kier, conductor
Amanda Consol, director
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Maryland Opera Studio Series:
2021 National Orchestral Institute + Festival

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Juxtaposing his pacifist beliefs against his family’s military traditions, a young man finds himself leaving his training to confront his family in Benjamin Britten’s hauntingly intense opera Owen Wingrave. As Wingrave seeks to prove his courage, he unknowingly veers toward a collision against fate, leading to unexpected consequences.

Under the direction of Craig Kier, the Maryland Opera Studio is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, it is building contemporary audiences for opera and advancing the art that sustains them.

This performance is part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F). A program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, NOI+F trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Musicians are chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process. Every year, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Program:
Owen Wingrave, Op. 85
Benjamin Britten, composer
Myfanwy Piper, librettist
Performed in English with subtitles.

Tickets: $15 per household virtual. Click here.

Tickets: $25 per person in-person. Click here.

Maryland Opera Studio and Clarice Smith present Make Our Garden Grow on Youtube

Maryland Opera Studio and Clarice Smith present Make Our Garden Grow on Youtube

Clarice Smith and
Maryland Opera Studio present

Make our Garden Grow
From Candide
By Leonard Bernstein

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Youtube. Click here.

Beginning June 26, 2020

School of Music opera singers virtually perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide.”
With their in-person performance for outgoing UMD President Wallace Loh canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, singers from the Maryland Opera Studio came together for a virtual farewell to thank him for ten years of support and patronage.

Video editing by David Andrews.

Opera Lafayette presents Leonore at the Bowie CPA, Feb 23

Opera Lafayette presents Leonore at the Bowie CPA, Feb 23

Opera Lafayette presents:
Leonore
Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer
Joseph Sonnleithner, Librettist
Ryan Brown, Conductor

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00pm

Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $10. Click here.

The centerpiece of Opera Lafayette’s 25th-anniversary season is Beethoven’s Leonore (1805), the composer’s first version of his opera Fidelio. The company’s first opera sung in German and its largest production to date, these performances are the culmination of Opera Lafayette’s Leonore Project, which aims to recapture the origins of this touchstone of the operatic canon.

The story of bravery and injustice speaks to us today. A wife disguised as a man seeks to rescue her husband, wrongfully imprisoned and awaiting his death. The score, filled with heartbreaking arias, delightful love duets, and transcendent choral and instrumental works, is recognized as among the most powerful opera compositions.

Maryland Opera Studio presents Four Freedoms at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Maryland Opera Studio presents Four Freedoms at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Opera New Work Reading: Four Freedoms
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 14, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

Inspired by FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address — the “Four Freedoms” speech — Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.’s new opera explores these four philosophical pillars and our relationship to them now.

The New Work Reading marks the premiere of the winning piece from the fourth annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The 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. Information about winning artists will be announced in the fall.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.