Operas & Events

Season Opening Gala Celebration
Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 6 PM
The Westin Annapolis

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and food stations as we celebrate Artistic Director Ronald Gretz and Stage Director Braxton Peters in their final season with the Annapolis Opera! The evening features a special concert performance, auctions, and a raffle.

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Tosca
Friday, November 1, 2019 | 7:30 PM & Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

In this new production of Puccini’s Tosca, Floria Tosca is forced to decide the fate of her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, after he is caught aiding a political prisoner. Can she save Cavaradossi by giving herself to the brutal and corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia? Or are the forces of war, politics, and self-interest undefeatable? This production is set in 1943 in the midst of the brutalities of the Second World War. It brings Puccini’s glorious music together with this dramatic story of love and treachery.

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Celebrate Opera
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 3 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church

Annapolis Opera’s popular December concert is always a favorite that brings new and exciting performers to Annapolis. Maestro Ronald Gretz shares a program of his personal favorites from across the operatic tradition – and a few surprises!

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Mr. Brewster’s Invigorating Invention
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 11 AM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

The winner of the 2018 Zepick Modern Opera Competition, Mr. Brewster’s Invigorating Invention is a fun, musical journey through the history and science of the kaleidoscope. A unique opera experience combining art and science for children young and old! Presented in partnership with Towson University’s Opera in a Can.

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Susannah
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 7:30 PM & Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

In Carlisle Floyd’s powerful opera Susannah, a beautiful and virtuous 18-year-old girl has inadvertently incited the lust of her church elders. The church leaders accuse her of being a seductress, and the entire town turns against her. When the new pastor, Reverend Blitch, urges her to repent her alleged sins, she refuses, inflaming the reverend’s own desires – with disastrous consequences. Based on the biblical story “Susannah and the Elders,” this 1954 opera is set in rural Tenessee and is rich with Appalachian folk melodies and connections to the McCarthy era in which it was written.

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The 32nd Annual Vocal Competition
Semi-Finals: Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 10 AM
Finals: Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Young opera professionals compete before a panel of judges for the chance to win $10,000 in prize money! The competition, free to the public, is an opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow.

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The Grand Finale
Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Annapolis Opera’s favorite performers return in an all-star concert to honor Artistic Director Ronald Gretz and Stage Director Braxton Peters. This concert celebrates their years of collaboration and dedication to the Annapolis Opera.