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.
New Work Reading
August 27, 2021 at The Clarice
August 28, 2021 in Annapolis
A new contemporary opera presented in partnership with Annapolis Opera.
November 17-21, 2021
Mozart’s miraculous blend of the human and the supernatural, comedy and romance.
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.
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.