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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.

This Season

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Fall Opera

November 21 - 25, 2019

A story of royalty, love, intrigue and deceit set in the medieval Scottish highlands.

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New Work Reading

Four Freedoms
Friday, February 14, 2020

A new chamber opera by Joseph C. Phillips, Jr., inspired by FDR's "Four Freedoms Speech."

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Spring Opera

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.


Fall Opera

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.

 collage of photos from past Maryland Opera Studio fall operas.


Spring Opera

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.

 collage of photos from past Maryland Opera Studio spring operas.

Past Productions

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