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.

Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 3-4

Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 3-4

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: Opera Scene Study

Thu, May 3, 2018 . 7:30PM
Fri, May 4, 2018 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall

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.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

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Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 26, 12:30pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 26, 12:30pm

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 26, 2018. 12:30pm

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion

A casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice’s expansive Grand Pavilion.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

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Maryland Opera Studio presents Dialogues Des Carmelites at Clarice Smith, Apr 14-22

Maryland Opera Studio presents Dialogues Des Carmelites at Clarice Smith, Apr 14-22

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Francis Poulenc, composer and librettist

April 14 – 22, 2018

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

Premiered in 1957, Poulenc’s opera explores religious devotion and self-sacrifice through the story of Blanche de la Force, a young aristocratic woman who joins the Carmelite Order to escape the violence of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student / Youth $10

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Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Feb 9

Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Feb 9

Town Hall
Maryland Opera Studio New Work Reading 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, General Admission.

In a small town, somewhere in America, a community gathers to ask their senator questions about the politics of the day, and the proceedings are live-streamed on social media by a young intern. But the conversation turns into a heated debate with mortal stakes when a retired librarian takes the event hostage.

Maryland Opera Studio students premiere an opera by the winner of the annual Opera Composition Contest. Launched in 2017, the contest is a joint initiative of the Maryland Opera Studio and Artist Partner Program to support the cultivation and performance of new work.

Free, no tickets required.