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  • Meet the Cast: Keith Harris

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 […]

  • Changing an Opera’s Setting – a Good or a Bad Idea?

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    Salute Signore e Signori, Many modern stage directors take a direction in producing opera performances that I want to take issue with: namely the way they significantly change a composer’s (and librettist’s) settings and even the plots of standard operas. I recently saw a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto in which the action was transferred from […]

  • Così and Coffee

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    The opening scene of Così fan tutte, first performed in 1790, is set in a coffee shop. Although coffee shops seem like a modern luxury, especially with contemporary brand names crowding every block in cities across the globe, the first coffee was for sale in Europe as early as the mid 1600’s. Not long after its […]

  • Opera Incognito

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    The theme of Annapolis Opera’s 42nd Season, “Opera Incognito,” traces its roots back to the 1640s, the decade in which the words “opera” and “incognito” both originated. Both Latinate words, “opera” denotes labors in the plural, while “incognito” simply describes the unknown. From these two initially prosaic words for work and ignorance eventually sprung dramatic ideas of […]

  • Review: Annapolis Opera’s ‘La Bohème’ was truly memorable

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    I’m becoming convinced that somewhere in the world of opera, there are fairies or pixies who flitter across operatic productions and deposit some sort of magic dust that creates especially enchanting moments in selected opera performances. If there are such sprites, then they were definitely putting in a lot of overtime during last Sunday’s performance […]

  • Did You Know? : Opera Dress Code

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    It’s not all ball gowns and tuxedos at performance of the Annapolis Opera!  You can wear what you would wear out to dinner on a Saturday night or to church on a Sunday morning!  Yes there will be some very formal attire, but it will be mixed in with suits and business casual alike. Just […]