Meet the Director: Braxton Peters

Braxton Peters has been Annapolis Opera’s Stage Director for over twenty-five years, and we’re so excited to have him direct Faust! We asked Braxton a few questions to help us get to know him a little better, and here are his answers!

  • What led you to a career in the performing arts?
    • “I was born that way! My mother was a musician and I began taking piano at age five. I then took up the trombone and singing.”
  • Tell us about your role in the production of Faust.
    • “As the Stage Director, I coordinate all aspects of the production: set design, costumes, props, choreography, etc. I am responsible for what the singers do on stage. I know what I would like them to do but sometimes they have ideas that work with my general concept. It is a collaboration but the final decision rests with me.”
  • Do you have any advice for aspiring performers?
    • “Know your craft and be professional.”
  • What do you have coming up after Faust?
    • “Teaching voice for the rest of the spring semester and directing South Pacific with Annapolis Opera in the fall.”
  • Why do you love opera?
    • “Dramatic stories with great music. I love to hear great voices sing beautiful music.”
  • Other than opera, what are you listening to now?
    • “Musical theater selections.”
  • What do you do for fun/what hobby or interest do you enjoy outside of¬†theater?
    • “Movies, cooking and gardening.”

Thanks for the blog post, Braxton! 
(And make sure to get your tickets to Faust!)

  1. Phyllis White

    Hello Braxton. I know you won’t remember me but we met during a production of Baby with the Cockpit Theater back in the late 80’s. You took me on at the college as a voice student. I studied with you and started to rehearse Avida with all of you until my husband took a turn for the worse and I had to give up everyrhing to rake care of him. You wanted me to join the opera company but that too never got to happen. I never sang again for over ten years and gave up ever hoping to do anything again. I still sing but I am too old to do anything now. I just wanted to say hello and thank you for working with me and wanting me in the opera company. It was a wonderful dream that I will always remember.

  2. DJ

    Just came across this while browsing the Annapolis opera page. Mr Peters was my voice teacher for many years while I was living in Maryland. He was such a fantastic teacher and provided me with great knowledge regarding vocal technique and projection. He challenged me with notes that I thought I could never reach, and pieces I thought I could never master as an undergrad student. I had later taken my studies further to the Boston conservatory and can whole heartedly say that Mr. Peters is a big reason why I was able to succeed with a degree in vocal performance. Thank you so much Mr Peters, you were a fantastic vocal teacher and such an encouraging person.

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