• Guest Blog: Richard Krimm on ‘South Pacific’


    When South Pacific opened at the Majestic Theater in New York City on April 7, 1949, it became part of the American Musical Heritage. Emile de Becque was sung by the great Metropolitan Opera lyric bass, Ezio Pinza. He sang with the Metropolitan Opera for twenty-two years. The other lead was the renowned Broadway musical […]

  • Guest Blog: Richard Krimm on ‘Faust’


    Faust, a grand opera, based on Goethe’s play “Faust,” is being presented by the Annapolis Opera on March 18 and 20. It is one of the most popular operas in the standard repertoire. The Metropolitan Opera has presented it 753 times according to “Opera News.” Faust opened the Metropolitan Opera House in October 22, 1883, […]

  • Meet the Director: Braxton Peters

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    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 […]

  • Meet the Artistic Director: Ronald J. Gretz


    We have a very special person to feature on our blog today – it’s our Artistic Director and Conductor, Ronald J. Gretz! Ron has been with Annapolis Opera for over thirty years, and we are SO lucky to have him! What led you to a career in opera? I have always loved to sing. I […]

  • Meet the Cast: Patrizia Conte


    It’s the end of the week, and we have one more ‘Meet the Cast’ post to share – this time, it’s our Marthe, Patrizia Conte! Patrizia has performed with us before, in Cavalleria Rusticana and Rigoletto, and we’re so thrilled to have her back for Faust! What led you to a career in singing? I […]

  • Meet the Cast: Jason Buckwalter


    We’re so excited to share another Faust cast feature! Today, let’s get to know Jason Buckwalter, our Wagner!  What led you to a career in singing? My babysitter from when I was little was playing Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie at the high school and it turned out that they needed a younger kid […]

  • Meet the Cast: Keith Harris


    We’re having so much fun sharing these Faust cast features every day! Up next, we have Keith Harris, our Valentin! What led you to a career in singing?   I joined the Barbershop Harmony Society with my dad when I was 9 years old.  This lead me to seek out a music degree in college.  In […]

  • Meet the Cast: Shannon Jennings


    We’re continuing our Faust cast features with our Marguerite, Shannon Jennings! Shannon was a winner of our 27th Annual Vocal Competition, and we’re thrilled that she’s back in Annapolis with us for Faust! What led you to a career in singing? “I come from a family of musicians. I grew up singing in choirs, and […]

  • Meet the Cast: Joshua Dennis


    We’re so excited to have Joshua Dennis in Annapolis for our production of Faust! He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us to get to know him better. Thanks, Joshua! What led you to a career in singing? “I studied theater in college and did musical theater.  When I was supposed to […]

  • The Enduring Charm of Così fan tutte, or the School for Lovers


    Immediately, one becomes captivated with Così fan tutte upon hearing the first note of the overture. Before the opera opens, the old philosopher Don Alfonso has lectured two young soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, on the unfaithfulness of lovers. The soldiers do not agree, and as the curtain opens, one hears the voice of the tenor […]