Kurt Weill Festival: Street Scene at Clarice Smith, Apr 12-20

Kurt Weill Festival: Street Scene at Clarice Smith, Apr 12-20

Kurt Weill Festival:

Street Scene
Kurt Weill, composer
Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes, librettists

April 12 – April 20, 2019

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 14, 2019 . 3:00PM
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre.

The Maryland Opera Studio presents Weill’s Street Scene, a work that brilliantly combines elements of opera and musical theater and that is widely acknowledged as one of the composer’s masterpieces. Set in a crowded tenement in 1940s New York City, the opera portrays life among a diverse group of working-class immigrants and the climactic events of one sweltering summer day. Based on a story by Elmer Rice with lyrics by Langston Hughes, Street Scene addresses social justice issues, race and the complexity of human relationships.

Sung in English with supertitles.

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.

Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel at Clarice Smith, Apr 5-11

Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel at Clarice Smith, Apr 5-11

Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel

Zaubernacht
Kurt Weill, composer
Wladimir Boritsch, librettist

Mahagonny Songspiel
Kurt Weill, composer
Bertolt Brecht, librettist

April 5 – 11, 2019

Fri, Apr 5, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 7, 2019 . 3:00PM
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, Apr 11, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre.

The Maryland Opera Studio juxtaposes two of Weill’s earliest works for the stage — Zaubernacht (1922) and Mahagonny Songspiel(1927). An enchanting work about two small children whose toys come to life, Zaubernacht (1922) also features a dance portion that will be performed by TDPS students. Mahagonny Songspiel (1927) is a scenic cantata set in a fictitious American town and marks the beginning of Weill’s collaboration with Bertolt Brecht.

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.

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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