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.

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.

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.