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.
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.
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
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
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