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  • Meet the Cast of Madama Butterfly: Eleni Calenos

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    We’re so excited to bring you another Madama Butterfly cast feature! Today, it’s Butterfly herself – meet Eleni Calenos! What led you to a career in performing? I grew up studying music, majoring in violoncello performance and singing in my conservatory’s choir ensembles, from the age of seven. Consequently, performing was part of my life from […]

  • Meet the Cast of Madama Butterfly: Jarrod Lee

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    We’re having so much fun introducing you to the cast of #AOButterfly! Today, we’d like you to meet the Bonze – Jarrod Lee! Jarrod is a former winner of our Vocal Competition, and we’re thrilled to have him onstage with us in Madama Butterfly! What led you to a career in performing? I have a […]

  • Meet the Cast of Madama Butterfly: Jacob Lassetter

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    Up next in our ‘Meet the Cast’ series – it’s our Sharpless, Jacob Lassetter! Do you have any advice for aspiring performers? Keep working on your craft. Don’t compare your path to others. If you want to be a performer, put the work in and keep performing. Everyone has their own path. Why do you […]

  • Meet the Cast of Madama Butterfly: Kathryn Leemhuis

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    We’re kicking off our #AOButterfly ‘Meet the Cast’ series with our Suzuki, Kathryn Leemhuis! Kathryn is making her Annapolis Opera debut in Madama Butterfly, and we’re thrilled to have her here! What led you to a career in performing? I sang before I ever spoke a word, so my parents knew they were doomed with […]

  • Guest Blog: Richard Krimm on ‘South Pacific’

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    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’

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 […]