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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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New Work Reading

August 27, 2021 at The Clarice
August 28, 2021 in Annapolis

A new contemporary opera presented in partnership with Annapolis Opera.

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Fall Opera

Die Zauberflöte
November 17-21, 2021

Mozart’s miraculous blend of the human and the supernatural, comedy and romance.

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Spring Opera

Later the Same Evening - link coming soon
April 8-16, 2022

John Musto's one-act opera inspired by Edward Hopper's paintings of Manhattan in the 1950s.

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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