MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO PERFORMANCES
The Maryland Opera Studio is committed to providing all studio members with a wide variety of performance opportunities. Operas are chosen based on the needs and abilities of the second-year class and each member leaves having sung two full roles with orchestra.
November 21 - 25, 2019
A story of royalty, love, intrigue and deceit set in the medieval Scottish highlands.
New Work Reading
Friday, February 14, 2020
A new chamber opera by Joseph C. Phillips, Jr., inspired by FDR's "Four Freedoms Speech."
The Cunning Little Vixen
April 3 - 11, 2020
Leoš Janáček’s tale of a cunning fox and the tragic adventures that lead to her demise.
New Work Reading
New work has been a central part of the Maryland Opera Studio since its start in 1989. Since 2014, the studio has commissioned new operas to be written for the incoming class of first-year studio members. The libretto and music are workshopped in the fall semester with singers and creators working side-by-side. The spring semester begins with a semi-staged workshop performance of this commission, providing singers with unmatched experience and insight into premiering new work.
The fall opera allows second-year students to build upon the acting classes and character work explored in the first year of study in the context of performing a full role with orchestra. This production uses minimal sets and costumes, focusing on the art at its most elemental — the singer, the story and the music.
In their final semester, second-year studio members each perform a role in this fully produced opera with orchestra. This spring opera brings together all the skills students have gained during their time with the studio. First-year students are often cast in smaller roles and sing in the chorus. Working with designers from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, this production provides a fully collaborative experience.